Brazil dam disaster increases to 121

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Dramatic pictures, obtained by Brazilian TV station Bandeirantes, show the moment neighbouring buildings, farmland and parts of the town of Brumadinho were swallowed by muddy sludge in the disaster that has so far claimed more than 100 lives.

In 2015, mining dams burst in nearby Mariana in what is considered Brazil's worst environmental disaster.

Earlier on Saturday, officials announced that the death toll from the collapse has risen to 115 dead and 248 missing.

The burst tailings dam at the Corrego do Feijao mine last Friday has ignited intense public anger against Vale, which was co-owner of Samarco, the previous dam that collapsed.

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The wave of mud is now moving toward the Sao Francisco at about 1km/h but officials hope the Retiro Baixo hydroelectric dam and plant complex about 300km from Brumadinho will prevent the mud from contaminating it. Meanwhile, the police have arrested five people in connection with the Brazil dam collapse case, the report added.

Authorities and environmental organisations have begun testing water quality around the mining complex, while Brazil's state and federal authorities have told residents not to use water directly from the Paraopeba or 100m around it.

"It is totally devastated; it looks like there has been a war", said 23-year-old Edvan Cristi, who lost friends who worked at the mine.

Vale's assets were frozen amidst calls that they are to blame for the dam failure, and the Mayor of Brumadinho called the company "careless and incompetent" following the tragedy.

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