Very bad moment of colossal Brazil dam collapse caught on CCTV
Very bad moment of colossal Brazil dam collapse caught on CCTV
Watch: The moment Vale's tailing dam collapses
04 February, 2019, 07:59
Hildebrando Neto, deputy minister for environmental regulations in the state of Minas Gerais where the collapsed dam is based, told Reuters late on Thursday that all evidence suggests that the burst was caused by liquefaction, a process whereby a solid material such as sand loses strength and stiffness and behaves more like a liquid.
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.
Their responsibilities are believed to include dealing with environmental impact licences.
Dozens of people were left trapped in mud and had to be evacuated by helicopter.
Brazilian authorities said at least 110 people had been confirmed dead and at least 238 people remained missing, according to The Associated Press.
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Efforts to recover bodies and rescue those trapped in the sludge were continuing. A ceremony in Minas Gerais state began around 12:50 p.m. local time on Friday. A priest also said a prayer in front of a tall cross that had been erected in the mud. Search operations to retrieve bodies were still going on, said authorities.
Friends and relatives hold signs with the names of victims, during a march paying homage to the victims of the mining dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil.
Employees of the mining complex were eating lunch when the dam gave way.
Vale said Friday it is expanding financial aid to those affected by the dam collapse.
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