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Death toll from Brazil dam collapse climbs to 115

Staff Writer |
The death toll from the collapse of a tailings dam in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais has risen to 115, with 248 still missing, the state civil defense authorities said on Friday.

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The number of victims who've been identified remains at 71, said Flavio Godinho, deputy coordinator of the regional civil defense, during a press conference.

The disaster occurred in the municipality of Brumadinho on Jan. 25 when a tailings dam owned by the mining company Vale collapsed and sent 13 million cubic meters of sludge and mud down the hill.

The mudslide buried a nearby community and Vale's administrative center and cafeteria, where it was reported that hundreds of people were eating during the time of the accident.


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