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
Brazil's worst environmental disaster on record.
Reporting by Gram Slattery; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Brad Haynes and Kirsten Donovan