Pictures show Brazil dam collapse's instant graveyard as death toll nears 100
A house struck by the mud in southeastern Brazil on Jan.27, a day after the dam collapse. (Photo by Pedro Vilela / Getty Images)
Nearly a week after the collapse of a Brazilian woman holding back a waste of mine, relatives of more than 250 people who are still missing and feared dead went to the devastated area to dig through the rubble.
Rescuers scoured the area, searching for signs of life but braced for the reality that they are recovering corpses. No one had been rescued alive since Saturday. Roughly 1
Photographic images of the area were destroyed in all their indiscriminate vastness.
There was a huge mass of sludge that buried a cafeteria where hundreds of workers from the Vale mining company were believed to have been when carrying tragedy. Railroad bridges were washed away. Cars were partially or entirely submerged.
The wife of a miner, Claudio Pereira Silva, who had Friday, the BBC about how the day had begun like it, with him saying, "God be with you," his typical "goodbye," as he walked out the door.
"He really liked his work," said Sirley Goncalves, "but he was afraid that something could happen one day.
Drying mud lies.
Drying mud lies.
Drying mud lies high in a house affected by the mud avalanche caused by the broken dam. (Photo by Rodney Costa / picture alliance via Getty Images) “/>
Drying mud in a house affected by the mud avalanche caused by the broken dam. (Photo by Rodney Costa / picture alliance via Getty Images)
"It's so difficult, we loved each other so much," she said.
Vagner Diniz, 60, What to have some hope. His list of missing was staggering: his two adult children, Luiz and Camila; his daughter-in-law Fernanda, who was five months' pregnant; Luiz, who was adopted.
It could be several days or weeks before many bodies are found, as the mud sits several yards (meters) deep.
The five arrested included.
The Brazilian arrested five people, including three Vale employees TUV South, which inspected the dam last year, The New York Times reported. The engineers, The Times said,
"The families are desperate." Vale destroyed our lives, "Gonçalves told the BBC.
A wall in the village had fresh graffiti that read, "Vale, reoffending assassin."
"They must have known the damn break." ] Where the river reaches the city of Para de Minas, about 25 miles from Brumadinho. The company may also make a levees near the Brumadinho mine in order to prevent sediment from moving.
On Tuesday in Brumadinho, firefighters recover a body with a chopper's assistance. (Photo by Rodney Costa / picture alliance via Getty Images)
Vale has been awarded $ 27,000 in the form of a donation.
But for all those victims, they are all right
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Francisco Adalberto Silva has been searching for son Francis Erik Soares Silva and nephew Luiz Pablo Caetano since the disaster.
"I want to keep coming … I just want to give my son and nephew a dignified burial," he says said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.