121 Killed, 226 Missing In Brazil Dam Disaster

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The number of victims of the collapse of the dam last week in Brazil increased to 115 on Friday, Reuters reported. On January 25, the disappearance of 248 people is still reported after the dam has given way to an iron mine in Brumadinho.

Vale SA, the world’s largest iron ore miner and owner of the dam, updated the list of missing persons on Friday. The firm had promised on January 29 to withdraw 10 similar dams and reduce its mineral production by 10%. Five people, including three company officials, have been arrested, according to the BBC. Several executives from other companies have been detained for questioning.

The dam was built using a method that is prohibited in Peru and Chile for security reasons. The disaster is the second major incident involving the company in the last three years. The dam in the state of Minas Gerais was containing the waste.

The Pataxo-Hahahae indigenous group living near the dam had expressed fears about the future, since the collapse of the dam has contaminated the Paraopeba River with mining waste. The group relies on the river for fish and water.