Brazil dam disaster increases to 121

Brazil dam disaster increases to 121

A week after the collapse of the mining dam in Minas Gerais, in east Brazil, dozens paid homage on Friday to the 115 people killed and 248 still missing.

Brazilian authorities said at least 110 people had been confirmed dead and at least 238 people remained missing, according to The Associated Press.

The emergency service for the state of Minas Gerais, where the disaster occurred near the town of Brumadinho, added that the search for bodies was ongoing.

Rescue workers attend a mass for victims victims of a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho, Brazil February 1, 2019.

Newly-released video footage shows the harrowing moment a mining dam collapsed, unleashing a powerful wave of waste that swept over everything in its path in Brazil.

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The footage shows the entire hillside below the dam collapsing, sending an enormous torrent of red-brown waste hurtling down the valley. The ones who are dead and missing were workers at the mine owned by mining company Vale.

An internal study showed the miner knew as recently as past year that some of the areas hit were at risk if its tailings dam burst, according to a report by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

This is the process whereby a solid material loses strength and behaves more like a liquid, and was the same issue which led to the 2015 collapse of the company's Samarco damn. "Vale described the study as a routine disaster preparation plan required by regulators".

"This tragedy will be remembered not just here but all over Brazil", said 23-year-old Jonatan Silva Santos, who lost friends that worked at Vale.

Employees of the mining complex were eating lunch when the dam gave way.

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