7 dead, 150 missing after dam collapses in Brazil

1/26/2019 7:58:00 AM

Tehran (KNA) - A dam collapse in southeastern Brazil unleashed a torrent of mud on a riverside town and surrounding farmland Friday, leaving several people dead and 150 more missing.

Rescuers arrived at the scene of the incident, which has so far left at least seven people dead, according to officials.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was to visit the affected zone, around the town of Brumadinho which is located near the city of Belo Horizonte, on Saturday, a government spokesman said.

His government, facing its first big emergency since taking office in the New Year, set up urgent coordination between the defense, environment and mining ministries to bolster operations by the state of Minas Gerais.

Access to Brumaldinho -- population 39,000 -- was difficult after the mud cut across roads, hampering officials' ability to determine the scope and gravity of the disaster.

A fire service official told AFP initial accounts received indicated "there were several deaths."

Source: PressTV

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