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Hundreds missing in Brazil, 34 found dead, after Vale dam burst

Rescue workers in Brazil halted searches for the night on Saturday (January 26) for hundreds of people missing and feared dead under a sea of mud after a tailings dam burst at an iron ore mine owned by Vale SA, killing at least 34 people.

Video provided to Reuters showed a rescue helicopter ferrying a victim’s body to a field near where family members of the missing gathered in Brumadinho, Brazil.

The dam ruptured on Friday (January 25), releasing a torrent of mining waste that slammed into Vale’s facilities and cut through a nearby community, leaving a roughly 150-meter-wide (500-foot-wide) wake of destruction stretching for miles (km).

Some 250 people remained missing, according to a list released by Vale. All of those missing are Vale employees or contractors, a police spokesman said.

The search is set to resume on Sunday morning.

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