Toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 121 dead, 226 missing

Agence France-Presse
All those listed as missing are presumed dead, with no survivors being found over the past week

DAM DISASTER. Friends and relatives of Edmayra Samara, 28, one of the victims of the recent dam collapse, carry her coffin during the funeral at the municipal cemetery in the city of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on January 29, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

BRUMADINHO, Brazil – The toll from a dam collapse last week at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 121 dead and 226 missing, according to officials Saturday, February 2.

The emergency service for the state of Minas Gerais, where the January 25 disaster occurred near the town of Brumadinho, said the search was ongoing for bodies.

All those listed as missing are presumed dead, with no survivors being found over the past week. 

Virtually all the dead and missing were workers at the iron ore mine, buried under an avalanche of sludgy mining waste when the dam collapsed above the facility’s cafeteria and main administrative area.

It was the second dam disaster in 3 years at a mine owned by Brazilian mining giant Vale.

Authorities have frozen over $3 billion in company assets in anticipation it will pay damages, compensation, and fines. – Rappler.com