At least seven were killed, more than 30 were injured and three are still missing Brazil This Saturday, after a cliff collapse on several cruise ships on a lake inland Minas Gerais (Southeast), firefighters said.
There is the last official balance “Seven people died and three were missingA spokesman for firefighters said Minas Gerais, Pedro Aihara, Saturday night.
Initially, firefighters said 20 people were missing, but “That number was significantly reduced because the vast majority of victims without contact went to hospitals in their own way.Capitolio explained Aihara in a voice message sent to reporters from the municipality Minas Gerais Tragedy struck there.
At noon on Saturday, a large piece of rock split from a valley and fell vertically on top of four boats passing through the tourist area of Furnace Lake. Minas Gerais.
In the dramatic videos shared on social networks, you can see the perfect moment when Massif splits himself and falls on the boats, to the horror of those who saw the scene from the other boats.
Another record shows the minute before the crash, in which many were warned “many stones are falling” and those in other boats shouted to get off the wall.
The dead and missing traveled by boat, which was hit the hardest under the rock, Aihara explained.
“Everyone on the other three boats we booked has already been rescued.”He added.
President Jair Bolsanaro shared some videos on his networks “Unfortunate disaster struck”, The Brazilian navy went to the scene and engaged in the rescue of the victims and investigated what happened.
At least 32 people were injured, nine of whom had to be hospitalized, according to firefighters who mobilized various rescue teams, including the Divers Force.
Divers stopped the search overnight for security reasons, but other rescue workers continued to work at the scene, the corporation said.
The cause of the landslide is still being investigated, but heavy rains have lashed the southeast for the past few days Brazil According to firefighters, preferred detachment.
The National Civil Defense Department on Friday issued a weather warning for four Brazilian states –Goyas, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro- Due to heavy rain over the weekend.
In Minas Gerais, firefighters responded to hundreds of rain-related calls in the past 24 hours, with no casualties so far.
Area Capitol, 300 km from the capital Belo Horizonte. In the distance, the rocky walls and waterfalls surrounding the green waters of the lake attract many Brazilian tourists. Furnaces, Created by the Hydroelectric Dam of the same name.
The National Civil Defense recommended to local authorities to stop tourist walks in the area “Avoid exposing people to new dangers” It also urged tourists to avoid such activities in storm-affected areas.
Since November, continuous storms and moderate rainfall have caused severe flooding in the northeastern state of Bahia, killing 25 people and displacing tens of thousands.