At least 34 people were killed, and hundreds remain missing after a tailings dam owned by mining giant Vale collapsed Friday afternoon in Brazil’s southeastern state of Minas Gerais, the state fire department said.
Out of the 34 victims, eight were identified with two being confirmed as Vale workers.
A total of 46 people were rescued Saturday morning. And 23 of them were injured and taken to local hospitals.
It is estimated that there are at least 252 Vale workers unaccounted for, according to the company, while the number of local residents who have yet to be found remains unknown.
Civil defense officials said there is still hope to find survivors, as helicopters have found some places which were possibly used as shelters.