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Brazil dam disaster death toll rises to 169

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FILE PHOTO: A member of a rescue team walks next to a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho © Reuters/Washington Alves FILE PHOTO: A member of a rescue team walks next to a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The official death toll from a dam burst in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho rose to 169, authorities in the state of Minas Gerais said on Sunday night. In addition, 141 people have yet to be located.

The dam, which held back mining byproducts, is owned by nickel and iron ore miner Vale SA.

Around 200 residents were evacuated from an area near another tailings dam operated by Vale late on Saturday, amid fears that it was structurally weak and could also collapse.

(Reporting by Eduardo Simoes)

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