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The Tragic Aftermath of Brazil's Deadly Dam Break

A dam belonging to Brazilian mining company, Vale, collapsed Friday in the southeastern Brumadinho region of Minas Gerais. 

Roughly 250 people were still missing after the tailings dam accident, according to a list released by Vale, the second such disaster in less than four years. Most of the missing are presumed dead, officials said. The confirmed death toll rose to 37 by Sunday morning

Firefighters Sunday called for the evacuation of some 24,000 people as the continued situation is believed to be dangerous. 

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An aerial view of the broken dam in Brumadinho, Brazil Jan. 25, 2019.
An aerial view of the broken dam in Brumadinho, Brazil Jan. 25, 2019. Photo:Reuters
Residents are seen on a blocked road after a dam, owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, burst in Brumadinho, Brazil Jan. 26, 2019.
Residents are seen on a blocked road after a dam, owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, burst in Brumadinho, Brazil Jan. 26, 2019. Photo:Reuters
A destroyed house is seen after a tailings dam burst.
A destroyed house is seen after a tailings dam burst. Photo:Reuters
Rescue workers are seen at the site of the disaster.
Rescue workers are seen at the site of the disaster. Photo:Reuters
Rescue workers are seen in the mud after the dam broke.
Rescue workers are seen in the mud after the dam broke. Photo:Reuters
Volunteers pass bottles of water for people affected by a failed iron ore tailings dam owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA.
Volunteers pass bottles of water for people affected by a failed iron ore tailings dam owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA. Photo:Reuters
 A house is seen after the disaster.
A house is seen after the disaster. Photo:Reuters
Relatives of people affected by the dam burst react.
Relatives of people affected by the dam burst react. Photo:Reuters
Volunteers prepare donations for people affected.
Volunteers prepare donations for people affected. Photo:Reuters
Police officers block a bridge after firefighters ordered to evacuate the city.
Police officers block a bridge after firefighters ordered to evacuate the city. Photo:Reuters
Published 27 January 2019
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