Brazil's environmental ministry has fined mining giant Vales $66 million after a dam burst causing a mudslide that killed at least 10 people and left hundreds missing.
Some 200 people are unaccounted for after a mining dam collapsed in Brazil at an iron ore mine, a local fire brigade said on Friday.
Rescuers have mapped out four points where people still could be found alive, including a cafeteria buried in sludge around lunchtime, a police spokesman said. The company also said that rescue workers have been sent to the site.
Workers with Brazilian mining company Vale were eating lunch on Friday afternoon when the dam collapsed, unleashing a sea of reddish-brown mud that knocked over and buried several structures belonging to the company.
The dam, which is used to hold residue from the Feijão iron ore mine, is owned by Brazil's largest mining company, Vale.
Officials said on Friday night that 9 bodies were recovered, but the death toll is expected to rise as more than 300 people remain unaccounted-for.
Television footage showed a vast swathe of thick red mud scarring the verdant hills below the mine, cutting through farms and residential areas and levelling everything in its wake.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro posted on his official Twitter account to say: "Our greatest concern at this time is to meet any victims of this serious tragedy".
"What just happened just now is beyond anything that I could imagine", he said.
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Vale Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman said the dam that burst on Friday was being decommissioned and its capacity was about a fifth of the total waste spilled at Samarco.
That accident three years ago released millions of tons of toxic iron waste along hundreds of kilometers (miles), causing what is considered the country's worst environmental disaster.
"The environmental impact should be much less, but the human tragedy is terrible", he told journalists at Vale's offices in Rio de Janeiro.
The far-right leader campaigned on promises to jump-start Brazil's economy, in part by deregulating mining and other industries.
According to Vale's website, tailings are mostly made up of sand and are non-toxic.
Former environmental minister and presidential candidate Marina Silva said Brazilian authorities and private miners had not learned anything from the 2015 Samarco disaster near the city of Mariana and called it unacceptable.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro surveys an area buried by mud, in Brumadinho, Brazil, on January 26, 2019.
Shares in Vale, one of the biggest mining companies in the world, fell 8 per cent in NY on Friday after the disaster occurred.