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Hundreds missing in Brazil after Vale tailings dam breaks, area evacuated

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By ITN News Editor January 26, 2019 13:14

Hundreds missing in Brazil after Vale tailings dam breaks, area evacuated

Authorities have confirmed at least seven bodies have been retrieved from the site, with officials searching for about 200 people still unaccounted for after A Brazil fire brigade said it was searching for about 200 people still unaccounted for after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA in southwestern Minas Gerais state.A statement from the fire brigade issued in Belo Horizonte city said scores of people were trapped in areas by the river of sludge released by the dam’s failure.Vale said there were employees in the administrative buildings of the dam that were covered by the surge of mud and water and there could be casualties in that area.There was no immediate word of fatalities.

The mud hit parts of the local community Vila Forteco, near the town of Brumadinho, where families were told to evacuate their homes in low-lying areas.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 26, 2019 13:14

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