Civil defense and military police evacuate people living near the Córrego do Feijão mine in Brumadinho, reports the Minas Gerais fire department. The fire brigade itself is on standby to provide emergency relief if the dam breaks, officials said.
The fire brigade said that since early Sunday morning the alarm had been raised, the risk for the second dam – Dam VI – had increased from level 1 to level 2.
The evacuations take place after at least 34 people died when a dam burst on Friday. The break flooded portions of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais with debris and mud, which resulted in much of Brumadinho being buried, as recorded by CNN subsidiary Record TV.
The search and rescue efforts were halted until the situation was deemed safe and the risk of Dam VI dropped back to level 1
The latest casualties have been released by the fire department, which conducts search and rescue operations. Of the 34 confirmed dead, the fire department said 22 bodies had been recovered.
A video of the scene showed helicopters hovering high above the ground as firefighters pulled people out of the mud.
Heavy rains have hampered rescue efforts. 19659023]
The fire department said they understand the possibility of finding living people as the hours pass, but said the search will continue until all victims are found.
According to the civil defense authority and the fire department, 366 people were found and 256 missing. The fire department also said that there are 23 people in a hospital.
Mine wastes spilled by Friday's break in the management area of the mine, where employees have been working, according to Vale. The authorities said 427 people had been in the iron mine on Friday when the dam burst.
State justice has frozen more than $ 260 million from Vale, with a presiding judge citing the company's responsibility for the disaster. The money is deposited in a court account to offset any costs incurred by the state as a result of rescue operations or victim assistance. The state of Minas Gerais fined Vale a $ 99 million fine for damage caused by the dam failure and said the money would be used for repairs.
"It is hard to testify"
State Government Romeu Zema On Saturday declared three days of mourning, according to a dismissal from the government of Minas Gerais. He also thanked all the agencies that had offered help.
Minister Augusto Heleno said from the Cabinet of Institutional Security that the financial aid will be paid both directly to the people and to local governments.
Officials said the priority now is to support the victims and their families. Afterwards, the officials said they would focus on environmental damage and the degradation process.
The dam that was broken was not classified as a risk, officials said.
Attorney General André Mendonça said Vale was responsible for the disaster, but the extent of the damage was unknown.
In an effort to find missing persons, the Attorney General's Office at the Federal Court of Minas Gerais obtained an injunction ruling that mobile operators should provide data from the cell phone signals of people who were in the area where the dam broke.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro flew across the scene on Saturday morning and met with Zema before returning to the capital.
"It's hard to experience this whole scenario and not be emotional," tweeted Bolsonaro on Saturday.