Brazil Dam COLLAPSE: 9 dead and 300 missing after 1M tonnes of mud DEVASTATES Brazil

The disaster happened near the city of Belo Horizonte in the Minas Gerais state on Friday evening. A torrent of mud flowed towards the town of Brumadinho in the south-east of the country, causing chaos. Local firefighters confirmed the number of missing people in the area could be as many as 300.

The mayor of Brumadinho, Avimar de Melo Barcelos said nine bodies have been found so far.

But State governor Romeu Zema said there was little chance of finding any survivors.

The dam near Feijão iron ore mine burst its barrier at around 1pm local time.

It is believed the collapse had released a million tonnes of water and mud.

It is still unclear what caused the collapse of the disused dam, owned by Brazil’s largest mining company, Vale.

Around 300 employees were working when the barriers burst, Vale CEO Fabio Schartzman said during a news conference on Friday evening.

Only 100 of them have been accounted for and dozens had to be evacuated by helicopter after roads were destroyed.

Helton Pereira, 28, whose wife, 28 and sister, 35, worked at the dam’s cafeteria and are still missing said: “I’m anxious, I want news.”

Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman said he felt “great regret” about the incident.

”I ask for forgiveness from all those affected and all of Brazilian society,” he added.

Mr Schvartsman said the dam in the state of Minas Gerais had a capacity of two million cubic meters and was being decommissioned.

He told reporters the dam was stable on January 10 when tests were carried out and it was too soon to say why it had collapsed.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has described the collapse as a “tragedy”.

Dramatic aerial footage shows swathes of devastation, which cut through farmland and vegetation.

source: express.co.uk