MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent condolences to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the tragedy in Brumadinho, which has reportedly left 40 dead and 250 missing.
“Receive deep condolences for the tragic consequences of the catastrophe in the state of Minas Gerais. I ask you to convey to the families and friends of the deceased the words of deepest solidarity and support, as well as the vows of rapid improvement to all the wounded,” Putin said in a telegram published on the official website of the Kremlin.
In the early afternoon of January 25, the Mine do Feijão dam in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, broke and dumped 12 million cubic meters of mud on the city, destroying houses around and the mining area of Vale.
According to preliminary data, the incident caused 40 dead and 250 missing. The searches are proceeding. 366 people have been rescued.
Three years and two months ago another Brumadinho-like tragedy occurred in the state of Minas Gerais, in the municipality of Mariana, killing at least 18 people and becoming the largest environmental disaster in the country’s history.
Israel has sent a rescue expedition of 130 soldiers of various specialties to Brazil to help search for missing people after the rupture of a tailings dam in the mining town of Brumadinho, according to an Israeli army press release.
A plane with the rescue team, doctors, firefighters, engineers and divers took off this Sunday from Tel Aviv towards Brazil to reach the destination in 14 hours.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 27, 2019
“By order of the government, the rescue delegation of the Israel Defense Forces has embarked for the region of destruction of the dam in Brazil and includes about 130 soldiers and officers of the active service and the reserve,” the statement said.
The main task of the military is the search and rescue of survivors after the disaster that struck Minas Gerais on Friday afternoon. The Israelis plan to use unmanned aerial vehicles, underwater radars and equipment to detect people through the mobile signal.
The agreement on sending the Israeli rescue team was reached the day before during a telephone conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.