>> Moving through treacherous mud, firefighters in Brazil on Monday searched to find the hundreds of people still missing after a dam holding back mine waste burst. The collapse on Friday unleashed a torrents of mud that covered buildings, homes, and killed at least 60 people in Southeastern Brazil. Reuters correspondents Gram Slattery is there.
>> The amount of land that's been destroyed and covered by mud is enormous, miles and miles long, I'm not sure exactly how long. And in terms of width, it looks to be quite wide. I would say, pretty easily a kilometer wide. And the depth buries, firefighters reporting that there were depths of to 20, 25 meters.
>> Now, victims families are left struggling to cope with the increasing likelihood that many of the nearly 300 people missing have died.>> Acquaintances, colleagues, relatives who are missing, people who have no news about their loved ones.>> But that grief quickly hardened, with much of the anger being directed at Vale, the company which operated the mine.
That's because four years ago, another dam run by Vale along with another company collapsed, killing 19.>> So this has become a theme with Vale, so obviously for that reason, a lot of politicians and citizens are very upset with the company. It's the largest iron ore miner in the world, and it's caused quite a lot of destruction.
>> Shares of the company plummeted Monday as the world's largest iron miner braces for lawsuits that could grow into the billions of dollars.>> Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro surveyed the disaster zone Friday. However, few expected the rules on mining to tighten under the new president, who ran on the promise to ease industry regulations.