A general view where a dam burst in the village of Bento Rodrigues, in Mariana, the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on November 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Douglas MAGNO
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At least two people were killed and 30 others injured after two dams collapsed at a Brazilian iron ore mine, officials said Friday, as rescuers searched for the missing under mud and debris from colossal floods that devastated a village.Santos said he knew of four people who were swept away, including two children and two adults in their 50s.Firefighters said they did not know if they would find all of those swept away by the wall of water released by the successive bursting of the two dams holding iron ore tailings and waste from the adjacent mine.Hundreds of families were evacuated from the area after escaping to higher ground, Duarte Junior, the mayor of Mariana, 25 km (16 miles) from the mine, told television channel GloboNews after declaring a state of emergency on Friday morning.Shares of Vale were off 5.2 percent in Sao Paulo trading and BHP Billiton dropped 5.7 percent in London.In 2003, 1.2 billion liters of waste from a tailings dam at a closed cellulose mill broke, flooding local rivers, cutting off fresh-water supplies to more than 600,000 people, and killing fish all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
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