Loved ones have ‘ very low’ hope for their relatives survived a tsunami of an iron ore mine in Brazil

NewsBharati    28-Jan-2019


Brumadinho, Brazil (AP):
Brumadinho dam in Brazil burst on Friday. Where 'Very low' hope for hundreds missing in the disaster. The Civil Defense office in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has raised the number of confirmed deaths in a dam collapse to 58. More than 300 people are still missing after iron ore waste from a mine that flooded the southeastern city of Brumadinho.

Search operations were suspended for hours on Sunday amid fears that a separate dam, also owned by Vale, was at risk of giving way in the area. The dam break caused a sea of muddy sludge to bury the site's cafeteria where workers were eating lunch, before engulfing nearby houses, vehicles and roads.

Pope Francis is offering prayers and solidarity for the victims of the Brazilian dam collapse. In a blessing, Francis appealed for God’s mercy for all those who were killed “and at the same time I express my love and spiritual closeness to their relatives and the entire population of Minas Gerais state.”


The cause of the dam burst remains unclear. Amid growing criticism, Vale, which owns the mining complex, said it had followed all safety procedures.

The cause of the dam burst remains unclear. Amid growing criticism, Vale, which owns the mining complex, said it had followed all safety procedures.

"After 48 hours of work, the chance of finding someone alive is very low," Col Eduardo Angelo, who is leading the search operation, told relatives of the missing. "But we're working with the possibility that we'll find people alive."