Fish rescued from Brazil dam burst river

2015-11-16 21:01
 (Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post, AP, file)

(Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post, AP, file)

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Rio de Janeiro - Teams of biologists are working to rescue fish from a river that was contaminated after two dams at an iron ore mine breached earlier this month and unleashed a deadly wave of mud.

Mining company Samarco says it's providing six 1 000-litre tanks to house the fish removed from Doce River's now turbid waters.

A red tide of mud left over from the mining process was mixed with debris and water poured into the river following the November 5 accident that devastated the hamlet of Bento Rodrigues. Seven people were killed and 15 more are missing.

Samarco is co-owned by mining giants Vale of Brazil and BHP Billiton of Australia. It said on Monday it's also helping dig wells along the Doce River, a water source for hundreds of thousands of people.

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