January 25, 2019 / 10:36 PM / 7 months ago

Seven bodies found, some 200 missing in Brazil dam burst: mayor

Rescue crew work in a tailings dam owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA that burst, in Brumadinho, Brazil January 25, 2019. REUTERS/Washington Alves

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian rescuers have found seven bodies of people swept away by a burst tailings dam and more are expected to be found, with about 200 people still missing, Brumadinho Mayor Avimar de Melo Barcelos told TV channel GloboNews on Friday.

The owner of the iron ore mine, Vale SA, said 300 workers were in the area at the time of the disaster, mostly having lunch, and 100 have been accounted for so far.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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