Death toll rises to 10 after rocky collapse in Brazil | News

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Ten people have died and 30 have been injured after a huge rocky wall of a canyon crashed this Saturday on some tourist boats in a lake in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, which has suffered a heavy rainstorm in recent days, from according to the most recent update of the Fire Department.

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According to that organization, the rescue teams located the bodies of the last two missing persons reported in the area of 鈥嬧媡he accident, which took place in the municipality of Capit贸lio.

The Minas Gerais Fire Department initially reported 20 missing persons, but hours later it substantially reduced that number after contacting a good part of those victims who had been rescued alive by other boats.



The accident has also left around thirty injured, most of them minor, although four of them needed to be hospitalized.

It happened around 11.00 local time (14.00 UTC) in Lake Furnas, a tourist spot in the municipality of Capit贸lio (southeast), when a large block of stone fell from a height of five meters on four boats, of which two were fully shocked.

Brazilian authorities suspect that heavy rainfall in recent days put pressure on the canyon walls, which may have caused the landslide.



The spokesman for the Minas Gerais Fire Department, Pedro Aihara, explained that this region of canyons is made up of sedimentary rocks “more susceptible to the actions of wind and rain” and, therefore, “present less resistance.” “We are in a fairly rainy period, which has been able to accelerate the penetration of water into the rocky structure,” he said.

For his part, the governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema, has regretted what happened on his social networks and has expressed solidarity “with the families at this difficult time.” We will continue to act to provide the necessary support and protection, “he said.

The town of Capit贸lio, located about 280 km from Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais (southeast), is a tourist destination throughout the year due to its impressive gorges that can be visited by boat rides.



Elsewhere in Minas Gerais, heavy rains have also caused the overflow of a dam of the French steelmaker Vallourec this Saturday, which has forced the highway that connects Belo Horizonte with Rio de Janeiro to be cut, without any fatalities.

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