Death toll from Brazil waterfall rock face collapse soars 10...

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Death toll from Brazil waterfall rock face collapse soars 10

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:06 AM, 10 January 2022  

Rescue efforts are still underway in Brazil after a rock formation fell on three boats. (Minas Gerais Fire Department)

Rescue efforts are still underway in Brazil after a rock formation fell on three boats. (Minas Gerais Fire Department)

The death toll after part of a cliff collapsed onto tourist boats on a lake in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday has stood at 10, rescuers said Sunday.

According to Reuters, firefighters and divers recovered three more bodies from the lake on Sunday, raising the death toll to 10 in the disaster that injured some 30 tourists hit by falling rocks and a huge wave of water caused when the column of rock crashed into the lake.

Meanwhile, a tower of rocks suddenly broke away from the canyon wall on Saturday and came crashing down, crushing one of the leisure boats at Capitolio in Minas Gerais state. Shocking video images circulated on social media.

The region of Minas Gerais has been under heavy rainfall for two weeks, which could have loosened the rock face. On Saturday, a dike overflowed at an iron ore mine 300 kilometers to the east, cutting off a major federal highway.

Lieutenant Pedro Aihara, on the other hand, told reporters that three vessels were hit by falling rock. Out of the 32 injured, nine people were in the hospital. 

Noted that twenty people were initially reported missing, but Lieutenant Pedro Aihara said most were accounted for after checking hospital lists. 

Source: Reuters, BBC 

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