>> Hundreds of people are missing after a dam at a Brazilian iron mine burst. It's devastated the mine itself and a local town. The death toll is expected to be severe. The mining site alone had some 300 workers according to its owning company, and only about a third had been accounted for as of Saturday morning.
The torrent is said to have hit at lunch time on Friday and tore through the mine's cafeteria and offices. This is not the first major disaster linked to the mine's owner either, a corporation called Vale SA. Three years ago, Brazil suffered the worst environmental catastrophe in its history when another dam burst at a mining project that Vale was partnered in poured toxic waste into a river.
19 people were killed in that incident. Vale's chief executive said from Rio de Janeiro that Saturday's disaster was a quote, human tragedy, but may have less environmental damage this time. The Brazilian government has ordered Vale to suspend operations at the site, and prosecutors are also attempting to freeze $1.3 billion of the company's assets for damages.
President Jair Bolsonaro has visited the area.