January 30, 2019 / 8:51 PM / 9 months ago

Brazil dam burst death toll rises to 99, with 259 unaccounted for

Israeli military personnel search for victims of a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho, Brazil January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Washington Alves

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The death toll from a dam burst in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho rose to 99 people, with 259 still unaccounted for, according to rescuers working at the site on Wednesday.

They said that 57 bodies have been identified so far in the rubble of the ruptured tailings dam, which belongs to iron ore miner Vale.

Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Christian Plumb

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