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Putin offers condolences to Brazil’s president over deadly dam disaster

Brazil’s rescue services have confirmed the death of 34 people

MOSCOW, January 27. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro after a dam collapsed in the country’s southeast, killing at least 34 people, a telegram published on the Kremlin website on Sunday said.

"Please accept our deepest condolences over the tragic aftermath of the disaster in the Minas Gerais state. I ask you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support for the relatives and friends of those killed and also wishes of a speedy recovery for all those injured," the telegram said.

A dam holding back waste from an iron-ore mine in Brumandinho in the Minas Gerais state collapsed on Friday. The residents of nearby houses have been evacuated, several houses have been destroyed by the mud.

Brazil’s rescue services have confirmed the death of 34 people. According to Globo TV channel, 23 people have been hospitalized. Some 296 people have gone missing.