Mine dams burst in Brazil; 1 dead, homes covered in mud

Cristina Mesquita – ABC News, 11/6/2015

Brazilian rescuers searched feverishly Friday for possible survivors after two dams burst at an iron ore mine in a southeastern mountainous area. Authorities said one person was killed, four were injured and 13 were missing.

The Thursday afternoon rupture unleashed a mix of water and ore mining residue on a small village 7 kilometers (4 miles) downhill. Images from Globo TV showed the area awash in a sea of clay-red mud that tossed cars on their sides and blanketed buildings.

Authorities on Thursday said one dam at the Samarco iron ore mining operation had burst roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the city of Mariana, which is 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro.

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