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"We are all stunned, nobody knows how many victims, but I can already tell you that there were not one or two deaths, but many deaths," he said. "There are a lot of hurt people. The region is full of ambulances that have come from other areas to pick up the victims, but no one yet realizes the scale of the tragedy here."
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: putnam6
It looked to me like the boats were trying to maneuver to get moving away, but neither of them was a fast, agile craft so they just didn't have time. It looked sort of like it must have when the Titanic tried to avoid the iceberg.
And you can see some of the boats that could get out ramming others. It's fortunate if it's only the boats that got slammed.
originally posted by: BrokenCircles
So was this just terrible timing and a completely natural occurrence?
or was there maybe some human intervention that may have helped to cause this?
With that many people there, it's easy to think that there may have been a couple people doing something stupid, either up on top or maybe down at the waters edge.
Officials suggested the wall coming loose could have been related to heavy rains recently that caused flooding in the state ad forced almost 17,000 people out of their homes.
Earlier last year, the concern was a lack of rain as Brazil experienced the worst drought in 91 years, which forced officials to alert the water flow from the Furnas Lake dam.
The Brazilian navy, which also helped in the rescue, said it would investigate the causes of the accident.
Even in the dry season, in some parts of the lake the movement is so intense that the boats have to take turns to navigate on the lake, said the City Hall press office.
Update 2:46 p.m. EST Jan. 9: Officials in Brazil confirmed Sunday that the death toll in Saturday’s collapse of a canyon rock face has been revised to 10.
Firemen and divers recovered three more bodies from Furnas Lake on Sunday, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, some 30 boating tourists were injured by falling rocks and a massive water wave when the rock column crashed into the lake, authorities confirmed to Reuters.