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Brazil Hunts for Mudslide Victims After BHP-Vale Dam Bursts

  • Prosecutors plan to seek suspension of mine operating license
  • Missing workers were heightening one of the dams at the time
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BHP and Vale Dams Burst in Brazil

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Brazilian authorities stepped up efforts to locate and care for victims of a massive mudslide triggered by ruptured dams at an iron ore mine owned by BHP Billiton Ltd. and Vale SA, in what is being described as the worst environmental disaster ever in the state of Minas Gerais.

The Samarco Mineracao SA joint venture said 569 people were placed in hotels as the army, police and firefighters helped the injured and homeless in Mariana after two tailings dams ruptured on Nov. 5 and sent a wall of mud crashing into the town. Two deaths were confirmed and at least 28 people were missing on Saturday.