Updated: 2/1/2019 4:01:59 AM
A Brazilian official says the number of confirmed deaths from last Friday’s collapse of a dam at an iron ore mine has risen to 110 from 99. Lt. Flavio Godinho of the Minas Gerais state civil defense agency said Thursday that 238 people are listed as missing. The Minas Gerais Fire Department has said it does not want to stop the search for victims yet even though no one has been found alive since Saturday.
Updated: 1/31/2019 10:32:39 AM
As of Jan. 30, rescuers had pulled 99 bodies out of the muck, with 259 people still missing and feared dead, making it one of Brazil’s worst industrial disasters.
Updated: 1/29/2019 3:04:28 AM
The death toll from a Brazilian dam collapse at an iron mine rose to 65 on Monday, according to officials. About 300 people are still missing, and fire officials say they do not expect to find many survivors.
Authorities say 427 people were in the Córrego do Feijão mine in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais when the dam burst Friday, unleashing a muddy sea of mining debris into the region.
Updated: 1/28/2019 3:07:22 AM
"After 48 hours of work, the chance of finding [someone] alive is very low," Col Eduardo Angelo, who is leading the search operation, told relatives of the missing.
Access to the areas is difficult - in some places, the mud is up to 15 m deep. Search teams have been using helicopters and earth-moving machinery. A bus that was carrying employees has been found but rescuers have yet to reach it. It may contain survivors or more bodies.
Updated: 1/28/2019 3:02:58 AM
Two days after a torrent of mud pouring from a ruptured mining dam left at least 58 dead and 305 missing in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho, residents had to evacuate Sunday as a second dam threatened to collapse, spurring panic. Sirens sounded before dawn, set off by heavy rains and dangerously high water levels at a dam at an iron ore complex owned by the Brazilian mining giant Vale S.A. Rescue workers looking for survivors from Friday’s disaster turned instead to evacuating residents to higher ground.
Updated: 1/27/2019 4:51:35 AM
Authorities say at least 40 people have died from a dam collapse in Southeastern Brazil, and the death toll is expected to rise. Officials from the Minas Gerais fire department released the latest number on Saturday night after a full day of searching by rescuers digging through meters of mud in intermittent rains. Searches were suspended at nightfall and expected to begin again at 4 a.m. on Sunday. Estimates of those still missing ranged between 200 and 300. The collapse of the dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale happened Friday in the early afternoon when many employees were eating lunch. The cafeteria was completely buried and rescuers have not yet been able to access it.
Published Sunday, January 27, 2019
Hundreds of people are missing after a tailing dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais collapsed Friday afternoon, January 25, 2019. The owner of the dam said at least 413 people are missing. The event comes just 3 years after another tailing dam collapsed in the nearby city of Mariana; officially the worst natural disaster to hit Brazil.
According to Vale SA, who manages the mine, the 86 m dam near Brumadinho held 11.7 million liters of mining waste. At this point, the cause of the collapse is not known. However, environmentalists said the company was recently granted to increase the mine's capacity by 88%.
According to Minas Gerais Civil Defense spokesman, some 279 people have been rescued, more than 10 bodies have been recovered and 345 remain missing, most of them mine employees. However, Vale published a list of unaccounted employees, saying 413 people are missing.
The dam collapsed around the time of lunch, sending a wave of red iron ore waste through the mine and toward the town of Brumadinho. The dam's cafeteria was buried by the sludge as well as other buildings and mining equipment. Parts of the town were placed on evacuation alert.
More than 300 firefighters and other personnel were on the scene looking for survivors.
"Unfortunately, at this point, the chances of finding survivors are minimal. We're likely to just be rescuing bodies," Romeu Zema, governor of Minas Gerais said.
Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman said he did not know what caused the latest collapse, adding that the dam, located at the Feijao iron mine, was being decommissioned and that equipment had shown the dam was stable on January 10.
Schvartsman said the incident took place after one dam containing iron ore waste failed and another overflowed.
Even controversial, Vale's request to increase the mine's capacity by 88% was accepted in December 2018, according to The Intercept. The National Civil Society Forum for Hydrographic Basins, a network of civil society groups, urged the authorities not to grant the license.
Some environmentalists say this latest disaster could be worse than the collapse of 2015 in the city of Mariana - officially the worst natural disaster in Brazil.
Minas Gerais dam collapse Facts
Affected Area: 10 km.
Alert Level: Green