In pictures: Brazil dam collapse leaves hundreds missing, horror in its wake

 | Updated: Jan 27, 2019, 12:15 PM IST

Witnesses saw homes knocked over, roadways washed out and a rail bridge demolished by the wave of mud. 

Wake of destruction stretching for miles

The dam ruptured on Friday, releasing a torrent of mining waste that slammed into Vale's — the company that owned the mine — facilities and cut through a nearby community, leaving a roughly 150-meter-wide wake of destruction stretching for miles. (All text by Reuters)


Rescue workers halt searches

Brazilian rescue workers halted searches for the night on Saturday for hundreds of people missing and feared dead. The search is set to resume Sunday morning.


Vale employees and contractors missing

Some 250 people remained missing, according to a list released by Vale. All of those missing are Vale employees or contractors, a police spokesman said.

Witnesses saw homes knocked over, roadways washed out and a rail bridge demolished by the wave of mud.


President Jair Bolsonaro comes, sees, leaves

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro came to Minas Gerais and flew over the disaster area on Saturday morning, but left town without attending a planned news conference.

He dispatched three ministers to the scene who addressed reporters


People search for relatives

In photo: A woman reacts as she searches relatives after a dam burst in Brumadinho, Brazil.

Firefighters focused their hopes for finding survivors on a trapped bus and train, along with mining facilities and nearby homes that were buried in mud after the dam break at Vale's Corrego do Feijao mine near the town of Brumadinho.


Families panic

Frantic family members of the missing crowded into a warehouse set up by Vale for those affected, next to a stretch of river erased by the sludge.

More than a dozen helicopters helping to survey the area took off and landed from a soccer field nearby.


Israel to send search equipments

Israel had offered to send search equipment that could be used to find victims in up to 10 metres of mud.

Search dogs meanwhile were being flown in from Rio de Janeiro to aid in the rescue efforts.