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.
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.
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.
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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