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Risk of new Brazil dam burst forces 24,000 to evacuate homes



BRUMADINHO, Brazil (Reuters) – Firefighters called for the evacuation to higher ground Damage to collapse. Damage to collapse. Damage to collapse.

Sirens started to dawn on Sunday, triggered by dangerous water levels at a tailings dam still standing in the Vale SA ( VALE3.SA ) facility near Brumadinho in Minas Gerais state.

Friday's dam burst unleashed a torrent of mud, burying the miners' facilities and nearby homes, according to the fire department.

"Our work is focused on the evacuation," Pedro Aihara, a spokesman for the state fire department said.

The confirmed death toll rose to 37 bodies found.

That already makes the disaster more than 1

00 miles (60 miles) to the east, belonging to Samarco Mineracao SA, a Vale joint venture with BHP Group ( BHP.AX ).

Brazil's worst environmental disaster on record.

Reporting by Gram Slattery; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Brad Haynes and Kirsten Donovan

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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