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The toll of a rock collapse in Brazil stands at 10

At least 10 people were killed and dozens more were injured on Saturday when a massive slab of rock collapsed on boaters on a lake in southeastern Brazil, officials said.

The death toll rose from six to ten on Sunday as investigators continued to analyze the damage and identify the deceased.

A tourist boat sails through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, September 2, 2021. (AP Photo / Andre Penner)

Video of the tragedy shows dozens of people on several boats at Furnas Lake in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

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Within seconds, a huge slab of rock dislodged and crashed into several boats as people nearby were screaming.

Governor of Minas Gerais. Romeu Zema wrote on Twitter that “heavy rains … caused a stone wall to break off”, leading to tragedy.

Recent heavy rains in the region have forced an estimated 17,000 people to leave their homes.

A tourist boat sails through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, September 2, 2021. (AP Photo / Andre Penner)

A tourist boat sails through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, September 2, 2021. (AP Photo / Andre Penner)

Pedro Aihara, spokesperson for the Minas Gerais fire department, told Brazilian newspaper G1 that the canyon wall is vulnerable to the elements.

“We have a rock formation made up mostly of sedimentary rocks, so these are rocks that naturally have a much lower resistance to the action of winds, water and natural elements that act on the area,” Aihara said. the newspaper.

Tourist boats remain moored at a pier in the Furnas Reservoir after a huge slab of rock detached itself from a cliff and tipped over on boaters on Saturday, killing at least 10 people near the town of Capitolio, au Brazil, Sunday January 9, 2022 (AP Photo / Igor do Vale)

Tourist boats remain moored at a pier in the Furnas Reservoir after a huge slab of rock detached itself from a cliff and tipped over on boaters on Saturday, killing at least 10 people near the town of Capitolio, au Brazil, Sunday January 9, 2022 (AP Photo / Igor do Vale)

Furnas Lake was created about six decades ago for the installation of a hydroelectric power station.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro called the incident was a “disaster” on Twitter, claiming the Navy was working alongside firefighters and other agencies in rescue efforts.

At least 32 people were injured in the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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