Brazil Rock Collapse Kills 10

Brazilian police said the death toll from the rock slide accident on a lake in Brazil on Saturday has risen to ten. 

A video shared on social media of the incident on Saturday showed tourists shouting as a slab of cliff rock plunged onto four leisure boats in Furnas Lake in the eastern state of Brazil. 

Authorities said the victims were all Brazilian nationals aged between 14 and 68. 

Regional civil police official Marcos Pimenta said it was not easy to identify the victims because of the “high energy impact” of the rock on the boaters.

Police reported at least 32 people injured, most released from hospitals by Saturday evening.

Firefighters suggested the rock face coming loose could have been related to heavy rains recently that caused flooding in the state.

Tiago Antonelli, head of the Applied Geology Division of the Brazilian Geological Service, said the cliff wall is subject to centuries of erosion and susceptible to rain, heat, and cold.

President Jair Bolsonaro said officials would “investigate the causes and circumstances” of the incident.


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