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In pictures: Deadly dam collapse in Brumadinho

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A dam has collapsed at an iron-ore mine in south-eastern Brazil, covering a vast area in a sea of muddy sludge that has swept over roads and destroyed buildings.

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image captionMany people are feared dead and scores are thought to be missing after the dam, which is owned by Brazil's largest mining company, Vale, gave way on Friday
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image captionA river of mud carved its way across roads and farmland and even took down a bridge
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image captionCars were swept away like toys by the powerful current
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image captionThe muddy sludge buried the dam's cafeteria where hundreds of workers were eating
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image captionThe dam was used to hold residue from the nearby Feijão iron ore mine, and its collapse caused a sea of waste to spread across rural areas of Minas Gerais state
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image captionRescue teams were dispatched, and officials say a number of residents who lived close to the dam have been evacuated
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image captionOfficials say that leaked tailings from the mine have spread into the nearby community of Vila Forteco, which is close to the city of Brumadinho
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image captionPresident Jair Bolsonaro and other senior government officials are due to visit the region later on Saturday
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image captionThe incident comes just over three years after another dam burst in Minas Gerais, killing 19 people. That was Brazil's worst environmental disaster
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image captionRescue teams used helicopters to search for the missing in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais

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