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Brazil orders Vale to halt Corrego do Feijao operations after dam burst

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's National Mining Agency on Saturday ordered Vale SA VALE3.SA to suspend operations at its Corrego de Feijao iron ore mining facility after a dam burst there released a torrent of sludge that has left hundreds missing.

State prosecutors have also entered a motion to freeze 5 billion reais (1 billion pounds) in Vale’s accounts for handling damages, state prosecutor Antonio Sergio Tonet told reporters, adding that he expects more funds to be frozen in the future.

Reporting by Marta Nogueira; Editing by Paul Simao

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