Brazilian Mining Dam Bursts, Killing at Least 15
They’re awash in brown muck. A southeastern Brazilian town is reeling after a dam at an iron ore mine burst yesterday, killing at least 15 and leaving 45 missing. The town of Bento Rodrigues in Minas Gerais was overrun by floodwaters and mudslides in the wake of the disaster in nearby Mariana at a mine run by a joint Australian-Brazilian venture between BHP Billiton and Vale. BHP is vowing to “take all steps” to ensure safety as authorities warn the waters may be toxic, and rescue efforts are underway.