Dam Break - (Brumadinho), Minas Gerais, Brazil - Jan. 25, 2019
- published: 26 Jan 2019
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The number of deaths from a collapsed dam at a Brazilian iron mine rose on Sunday from 37 to 58, a spokesperson for the Civil Defense said. Rescuers resumed search efforts Sunday afternoon at the Córrego do Feijão mine in Brumadinho, where a dam burst Friday, unleashing a sea of muddy debris into the region. Hundreds of people are still missing and the extent of damage is still being calculated. Rescuers are searching inside the dam and areas nearby on foot and in helicopters where the soil is unstable. The fire department, which is leading search and rescue, acknowledged that with each passing hour the chances of finding survivors wanes. But it vowed to keep searching until everyone is found. Authorities temporarily halted search and rescue on Sunday and placed 3,000 people under evacuation orders amid fears that another dam nearby was about to rupture. The orders were lifted after authorities determined dam VI was no longer at risk of bursting. The disaster places Brazilian mining giant Vale under scrutiny less than four years after it was linked to a deadly dam collapse in Mariana in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/27/americas/brazil-dam-collapse/index.html...