Arrest Warrants Have Been Issued for Brazilian Dam Collapse

Dramatic moment woman is pulled from the mud by rescue team in Brazil

Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors in Brumadinho. The official death toll now stands at 58, but is expected to rise significantly.

The failure of an inactive dam at the company's Córrego de Feijão mine in Minas Gerais echoes the November 2015 Bento Rodrigues dam failure in the same region that saw the Fundão tailings dam burst at the Samarco joint venture between BHP and Vale.

The dead fish and trash were seen by a reporting team for The Associated Press about 18 kilometres (11 miles) downstream from the dam along the banks of the Paraopeba River.

"We are 100 percent within all the standards, and that didn't do it", he said in a Sunday TV interview.

The collapsed dam at Vale SA's Corrego do Feijao mine buried mining facilities and nearby homes in the town of Brumadinho, killing dozens and leaving the community in shock.

Per the Observer, Vale said the mine was judged safe during inspections and that it was being decommissioned at the time of the disaster, though the National Civil Society Forum for Hydrographic Basins said it had urged authorities to deny Vale a licence renewal. The agency did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Three employees of Brazilian miner Vale SA and two contractors were arrested on Tuesday, prosecutors said, as a criminal investigation began after a devastating dam rupture expected to leave a death toll of more than 300 people.

"It didn't work", Schvartsman said. The company says the dam on the outskirts of Brumadinho had surpassed safety standards when it was inspected in June and September of a year ago.

The Munich-based TUEV company Sued declined to specify whether the arrested staff were from its German headquarters or its Brazilian branch.

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Some 11 billion reais of Vale's funds, or nearly $3 billion, have been frozen by Minas Gerais state judges to ensure the company has enough money to cover human and ecological costs stemming from the disaster, according to Globo News.

They were in preventive custody which can last up to 30 days during which they would be questioned by prosecutors, a statement said. "We're likely to just be recovering bodies".

Executives could also be personally held responsible, she said.

One woman was heard yelling at firefighters to "get out searching". It was a sign of the growing anger directed at Vale over the disaster. The number of people who are unaccounted for continues to change, as more people are reported missing and others get in touch with co-workers, family members or authorities.

By the last count, almost 300 people were missing, virtually all of them mine workers listed by Vale.

By Saturday night, when authorities called off rescue efforts until daybreak, the toll stood at 40 dead with up to 300 estimated to be missing.

The Feijao mine is one of four in Vale's Paraoeba complex, which includes two processing plants and produced 26 million tonnes of iron ore in 2017, or about 7 per cent of Vale's total output, according to information on the company's website.

Search efforts were extremely slow because of the treacherous sea of reddish-brown mud that surged out when the mine tailings dam breached Friday afternoon.

Vale's share price plunged by almost 25% on Monday on the Brazilian stock market.

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