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UPDATE 2 - 6 killed in canyon wall collapse in southeastern Brazil

UPDATE 2 - 6 killed in canyon wall collapse in southeastern Brazil
Heavy rainfall causes slab of rock to fall on boats in Lago de Furnas, authorities say

UPDATES DEATH TOLL

By Busra Nur Cakmak and Muhammet Emin Canik

ANKARA/BUENOS AIRES (AA) - At least six people were killed Saturday in southeastern Brazil when a canyon wall collapsed on speedboats in a lake, according to media reports.

The rockslide in Lago de Furnas near the city of Capitolio hit four boats and two sank, said local sources, while footage of the incident went viral on social media.

At least 30 people were injured with some receiving treatment at a hospital.

Fire chief Edgard Estevo said 20 people are missing because of the accident. Search and rescue efforts continue and divers will take a break from their night work as it is risky.

It occurred "due to heavy rains, which caused the loosening of a wall of stones in Lago de Furnas, in Capitolio," Romeu Zema, governor of Minas, said on Twitter.

"The Government of Minas is present from the beginning through the Civil Defense and Fire Department. Rescue work is still ongoing," he added.

The navy will launch an investigation into the incident.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar


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