Brazil dam collapse: five arrested including three mining firm staff

Authorities evacuated several neighborhoods in the southeastern city of Brumadinho that were within range of the B6 dam owned by the Brazilian mining company Vale. There is mounting anger directed at Vale following an apparent lack of a warning siren ahead of the collapse.

The dead fish and trash were seen by a reporting team for The Associated Press about 18 kilometres (11 miles) downstream from the dam along the banks of the Paraopeba River. She says "I'm angry.my hope is that they be honest".

They were in preventive custody which can last up to 30 days during which they would be questioned by prosecutors, a statement said.

Police arrested three employees of mining giant Vale, which owns the mine in Brumadinho in the southeast state of Minas Gerais, and two subcontracted engineers.

Hope that loved ones had survived a tsunami of iron ore mine waste from a dam collapse in Brazil was turning to anguish and anger over the increasing likelihood that numerous hundreds of people missing had died.

The Brazilian government ordered Vale to halt operations at the Corrego do Feijao mining complex.

"It's unacceptable that government and mining companies haven;t learned anything". One official said the death toll was sure to rise.

Emergency workers also found a company bus buried in the mud with bodies inside.

"He did not deserve this, he did not deserve it!" she sobbed.

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. They're in the mud, ' local resident Carlos Jose dos Santos told Reuters.

Five dam workers have been arrested over the Brazil dam collapse tragedy. That dam was controlled by Vale as well as Australian mining company BHP Billiton.

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Two engineers who work for Germany-based TÜV SÜD, which provided services to Vale, were arrested in Sao Paulo state while three Vale officials were arrested in the state of Minas Gerais, the report said.

Brazilian iron ore miner Vale will shut down mines that use tailings dams similar to the one at Brumadinho which failed on Friday that has killed 84 people and left more than 270 missing.

Also arrested were two contractors working for TUEV SUED, a German consulting firm that had carried out studies that concluded the dam was safe, Germany's Handelsblatt reports.

That prediction proved correct when the dam collapsed Friday, releasing a flood of brown, muddy mine waste that engulfed part of a town and covered trees, buildings and ponds in muck. Most of the missing are presumed dead, officials said.

Vale's shares lost eight percent in NY trading following news of the dam rupture.

The company is the world's largest producer of iron ore, the raw ingredient for steel.

Brazilian firefighters and Israeli rescue workers poked sticks into treacherous mud Monday looking for bodies as pressure mounted on the mining company responsible for a dam that burst and spilled a flood of iron ore waste.

"It was with horror that I saw the awful images of mudslides after the dam burst in Minas Gerais", Steinmeier wrote to the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro.

However, local media have been running stories on how the company was recently allowed to increase production at the collapsed Corrego do Feijao mine.

Brazil's environmental protection agency Ibama announced on Saturday that it had initially fined Vale R$250 million (US$66 million) for the most recent incident, while Brazilian authorities have frozen R$6 billion of Vale's assets to help deal with the damages.

  • Zachary Reyes