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27 Jan 2019 | 06:01 PM UTC

Brazil: Evacuations ordered in Minas Gerais state after dam collapse Jan. 27 /update 1

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More than 24,000 ordered to evacuate after earlier dam collapse at Córrego do Feijão mine (Minas Gerais state) January 27; at least 37 killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/30/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Minas Gerais, Brumadinho (Minas Gerais state)

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Event

Authorities ordered the evacuation of 24,000 people in Brumadinho (Minas Gerais state) on Sunday, January 27, as officials monitor for further dam failures near the municipality. At least 37 people are confirmed dead and more than 250 people are missing as of Sunday morning (local time) following a dam failure near the Córrego do Feijão mine on Friday, January 25, which sent mud and debris into neighboring residential areas. Heavy rains forecast in the area have added to concerns that other dams at the mine might also collapse. 

Context

A dam collapsed at the Córrego do Feijão mine (Minas Gerais state) on January 25 inundating residential neighborhoods in the vicinity of Brumadinho municipality.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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