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

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Caught on camera: terrifying moment of Brazil dam collapse – Feb 1, 2019

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 – Jan 28, 2019

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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
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Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
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Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
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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
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Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
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Aerial view over mud and waste from the disaster caused by dam spill in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 26 January 2019. EPA/Antonio Lacerda
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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.

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

  • With files from The Associated Press

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