After the breakage of a dam in the South of Brazil has a mud avalanche apparently flooded a residential area. Around 200 people don’t apply according to the media, missing, dead, there was initially however.

The dam break to have on an iron ore mine in the municipality of Brumadinho, in the state of Minas Gerais occurred, reported the newspaper “O Globo”, citing the local fire brigade.

Several people were injured, some had to be rescued with helicopters. How large the flooded area was, it was not at first clear. Videos showed people when trying to get to safety.

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The Brazilian group Vale, the iron ore mine belongs, confirmed on Twitter that the mudslide had also hit the administration building. If employees are missing, the company said.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted that the Minister for the environment was on the way to the area. The three-Minister for civil protection, development and mining were on the way.

in the year 2015 had occurred in the Region of a similar misfortune. In the case of the “tragedy of Mariana” it came in a iron ore mine to a dam failure of a retention basin. 19 people were killed.

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