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Video captures deadly Brazil dam burst, and rolling mass of mine waste that flowed in its wake

Caught on camera: terrifying moment of Brazil dam collapse.

First, the shadows of clouds roll over the foreground, an ominous harbinger of what’s to come.

Then, finally, it emerges: a gargantuan morass of muddy mining waste, the product of a deadly collapse at a tailings dam owned by the company Vale SA in Brumandinho, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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Bolsonaro sees first hand the devastation from Brazil dam burst
Bolsonaro sees first hand the devastation from Brazil dam burst

The dam burst as Vale employees were eating lunch on Jan. 25, and it unleashed a mass of mud that destroyed company structures and flowed into the city, burying homes and leaving only rooftops sticking up above the surface in parts.

The burst left at least 115 people dead and as many as 300 people missing.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and other officials called the incident a “tragedy.”

Five people have been arrested in connection with the collapse — three were employees with Vale, BBC News reported.

The cause of the burst is still being investigated.

A general view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
A general view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Yuri Edmundo
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. x
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. x EPA/Antonio Lacerda
A man watches the Paraopeba River with mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
A man watches the Paraopeba River with mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Yuri Edmundo
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.  EPA/Antonio Lacerda
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda EPA/Antonio Lacerda
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019.
Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda

BBC News also reported that an alarm system, installed in an effort to notify residents in case of any risks associated with the mine, was not sounded.

Tuesday marked the fifth day of searching for bodies or survivors.

  • With files from The Associated Press
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