A mining dam collapsed and up to 200 people are missing,causing a sea of sludge to spread to rural areas of the country’s south-east state of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
residents close to the dam had been evacuated by the rescue team and the rescue team is camping at the site to search those who went missing.
The residue from the Feijão iron ore mine, one of the largest mining company owned by vale,was majorly hold by the dam.
Vale and local authorities said on Friday that leaked tailings from the mine had spread into the nearby community Vila Forteco, close to the city of Brumadinho.
According to Reuters,eight people have so far been taken to hospital.The mud flow swept the roads and buildings in its path completely.
A government spokesperson said Brazil’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, was travelling to the scene.
President Jair Bolsonaro will visit the region on Saturday.
The incident comes four years after another dam – owned by Vale and BHP Billiton – burst in Minas Gerais, killing 19 people.It is considered Brazil’s worst environmental disaster.Brazil is facing heavy environmental hazards related to mining.