Breakthrough of the dam in Brazil: the number of dead has risen by 142 people

182 people are still missing.

Прорив дамби у Бразилії: кількість загиблих зросла 142 осіб

In the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais as a result of a dam owned by a mining company, killed at least 142 people, 182 people are still missing. On Wednesday, February 6, Globo reported, citing civil defense of Minas Gerais.

The dam, which held back the water waste metallurgical industry, collapsed on Friday in the municipality Brumadinho of the state of Minas Gerais. Residents of nearby homes were evacuated, several buildings were destroyed by torrents of mud. Brazilian mining company Vale, which owned the dam, announced its intention to abandon the use of 10 similar structures, for safety reasons, informs Rus.Media.

According to preliminary data, a large number of deaths partially due to the fact that at the time of dam did not work the siren. As stated last Thursday, the President of Vale fábio Schwartzman, streams of a liquid dirt have spread so fast that in a matter of minutes brought these devices to malfunction. Streams of mud flowed in the administrative building of the company Vale and the houses of the residents.

“The chance of finding anyone alive is very low, but we do not lose hope,” – said the head of the search operation count Eduardo Angelo. He said that the layer of solidified mud in some places is up to 15 meters.

The state government announced in the region three days of mourning.