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Death toll from Brazil dam collapse reaches 84

BRUMADINHO: The number of people killed by the collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mining complex rose from 65 to 84 on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Flavio Godinho, Civil Defense spokesperson in the Minas Gerais state where the accident happened, said 42 bodies have now been identified after five days of an intense search operation through the mud.

On the other hand, the number of missing down from 292 to 276, an official said.

Located in Minas Gerais state, Brumadinho is 450 kilometers (279.6 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian mining giant Vale SA, which operates the dam, confirmed the collapse.Its employees were having lunch Friday when the incident occurred.

Roughly 3,000 people were evacuated as a precaution when a nearby dam looked ready to burst.