Brazil dam collapse: five arrested including three mining firm staff

Brazil dam collapse: five arrested including three mining firm staff

The disaster was the first big emergency faced by Bolsonaro and his government since he took office in early January, and it may be one of the deadliest disasters in Brazil's history. Vale said it had recently passed structural safety tests.

A spokesperson for Minas Gerais state's Civil Defense said 366 people have been rescued so far.

Further, ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said the Israeli delegation is "receiving excellent feedback from the emergency services in Brazil about the professionalism of the delegation at the disaster site.The Israeli delegation is well received in the local media and shows the handsome face of Israel".

The cause of the dam burst remained unclear.

Rescue efforts were suspended for around 10 hours on Sunday over fears a second mine dam was at risk of failing.

What is being said about Vale?

"We would also expect an energetic response from management on investigating all tailings dams in operation and we are unsure on what the new production guidance will look like". Three people who were stranded in a pick-up truck were rescued alive.

On its corporate website Vale boasts that it has a "passion for people and the planet".

Brazil's top prosecutor said the company should be criminally prosecuted and executives held personally responsible.

Vice President Hamilton Mourão said a Brumadinho crisis committee established by the president was "studying" the possibility of removing Vale's board of directors.

State prosecutors announced on Sunday they had frozen a total of 11bn reais ($2.9bn; £2.2bn) of Vale's assets.

Dodge noted there are 600 mines in the state of Minas Gerais alone that are classified as being at risk of rupture.

Pope Francis is offering prayers and solidarity for the victims of the Brazilian dam collapse. She says she attended public hearings and meetings with civil society for Vale's licensing renewal and was disappointed by the company's lack of transparency.

"I followed the technicians' advice and you see what happened".

Schvartsman vowed to increase the safety of the company's dams "beyond any standard, national or worldwide".

TUV SUD do Brasil, which performs industrial inspections, last reviewed the tailings dam in September 2018, issuing a "stability condition statement", which Vale claimed attested to the "physical and hydraulic safety of the dam". It reiterated that safety at the site had been in accordance with global best practice. It said Vale was also suspending stock buybacks.

Conricus says his delegation includes K-9 forces, firefighters and a special underwater unit.

The Associated Press witnessed a helicopter rescue of three bodies that arrived at the search centre.

"It's very hard for us to deal with the pain of the relatives and their anxiety", he said. "They wouldn't even share with us the presentations they made, for example", she said.

A dam at the same mining site burst Friday, spewing millions of tons of sludge, sweeping away and burying buildings and people in its path.

Access to the areas is hard - in some places, the mud is up to 15m deep. Rescue workers used long pieces of wood to cross mud-covered areas to search for bodies inside of a bus.

"I've lost everything, everything, everything", she added.

An Israeli group of engineers, doctors and members of the navy's underwater missions unit has joined the efforts.

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