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Shocking new footage of Brazil dam collapse

Shocking new footage of Brazil dam collapse

Major Brazilian TV outlets obtained dramatic security camera video showing the outer wall of the dam collapsing and an avalanche of mud crushing trees, houses and cars in its path. Closeups replayed throughout the day showed cars and people scrambling unsuccessfully to escape the dark red torrent.

In 2015, mining dams burst in nearby Mariana in what is considered Brazil's worst environmental disaster.

Their responsibilities are believed to include dealing with environmental impact licences.

At least 60 people have been confirmed dead and an estimated 292 remained missing at Vale SA after a dam storing mine waste at the Corrego de Feijao mine in Brumadinho on Friday.

Vale, the world's biggest producer of iron ore and nickel, said it was co-operating with prosecutors.

Dozens have paid homage to the victims and those still missing.

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Backhoes stopped digging in the mud and rescuers looking for survivors in the thick mine tailings all looked to the sky as 10 fire department and police helicopters released flower petals on the iron ore mining complex. A priest also said a prayer in front of a tall cross that had been erected in the mud.

Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by the dam spill in Brumadinho.

A total of 12 million cubic metres of sludge inundated roads and homes, spilling over an area of approximately 290 hectares.

A rescue worker reacts as he attends a mass for victims of a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho, Brazil, Feb. 1, 2019.

Officials with the Mines and Energy Ministry and the National Mining Agency (ANM) told reporters on Friday that the cause of the rupture was still unclear and that all documentation regularly submitted by Vale had indicated that the dam was stable.


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