Severe rainstorms in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state have left at least 30 people dead with 17 people missing.
Reports said many of the victims were buried in landslides or washed away in floods after intense rain on Friday and Saturday.
Rescue work continued overnight into Sunday with more than 2,500 people evacuated from their homes, and local TV showed images of ruined houses under red mud. Forests were destroyed and rivers polluted, in what was Brazil’s worst industrial accident.
The Brazilian weather service said on Saturday that the state capital of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, had had 17cm (seven inches) of rain in one 24-hour period – the heaviest rainfall since records were first kept 110 years ago.
Brazil’s second most populous state have been badly hit in about 40 municipalities. The floods and landslides come on the first anniversary of the dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, south-west of Belo Horizonte, that killed 270 people.