UPDATED 27/1 17:08 The death toll from the collapse of a Vale tailings dam collapse in Brazil has risen to 40 (from 34 AM 27/1) with hundreds still missing. Vale has confirmed that as of this morning, 253 contractors and workers are missing from the mine.
Authorities expect the death toll to rise. Helicopters are scouring the tailings dam collapse impact area in search for people trapped in the mud residue from the tailing dam. Watch the video of a helicopter rescue from the tailings.
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Romeu Zema, the Governor of the State of Minas Gerais, warned that those responsible “would be punished.”
Daily Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported Saturday that the dam’s mining complex, owned and operated by Brazilian mining company Vale, was issued an expedited licence to expand in December due to “decreased risk.”
You can watch the Statement from Vale’s CEO here.
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