Brazilians pay homage to victims of dam collapse

2019-02-02 09:54
A helicopter provides support to the work of rescuers and firefighters in the search for victims after the collapse of a dam at Brazil's giant mining company Vale.  (Photo credit: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images)

A helicopter provides support to the work of rescuers and firefighters in the search for victims after the collapse of a dam at Brazil's giant mining company Vale. (Photo credit: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images)

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Brazilians are paying homage to the 110 victims killed and 238 who are still missing after a mining dam collapsed a week ago.

A ceremony in Minas Gerais state began around 12:50 local time on Friday.

A priest accompanied firefighters as they planted a tall wooden cross on the site, while family members of the victims left photos and objects belonging to their loved ones. Helicopters released flower petals on top of the iron ore mining complex.

Authorities have not yet called off the search for bodies although no one has been found alive since Saturday.

A peaceful walk is expected to take place later in the day in the city of Brumadinho, where the dam collapsed.

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