A dam burst in the Brazilian mining town of Mariana on Thursday, with at least ten workers missing and feared dead, according to press reports. Reports said a dam owned by the Samarco Fundão mining company burst Thursday afternoon, sending a rush of muddy water into company facilities and a nearby town. The dam contained a man-made lake used to receive slag and other wastes from the company’s mines. Local officials said at least ten company workers were missing. They had no word on possible cause of the disaster. Mariana is a traditional mining region located about 100 kilometers from the Minas Gerais state capital of Belo Horizonte.
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