WORLD Brazil issues 5 arrest warrants in deadly mine dam collapse

WORLD

Brazil issues 5 arrest warrants in deadly mine dam collapse

AP

22:14, January 29, 2019

Brazilian authorities have issued arrest warrants for five people in connection with a dam collapse that killed at least 65 people as it plastered part of a city with reddish-brown mud and mining waste.

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A rescue worker discards a vehicle's seat as he works on a site where a body was found inside the vehicle, days after a dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Photos: AP)

Police issued the orders on Tuesday in Sao Paulo and in the state of Minas Gerais, where the collapse happened. They came as rescue crews worked for the fifth day to search for survivors or bodies.

Local media reported the warrants were for employees of Vale, the mining company that owned and operated the waste dam that collapsed.

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Rescue workers walk on a rail bridge that was destroyed after a dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

In a statement, Vale said it was working with authorities. However, a spokeswoman couldn't immediately confirm that those being sought worked for the company.

An Associated Press photographer saw police bringing back one of the alleged suspects in Sao Paulo.

Cover image: Firefighters looks for victims inside a vehicle days after a dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

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