At least 6 killed in canyon wall collapse in southeastern Brazil

At least 6 killed in canyon wall collapse in southeastern Brazil
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ANKARA/BUENOS AIRES (Jan 9): At least six people were killed Saturday (Jan 8) in southeastern Brazil when a canyon wall collapsed on speedboats in a lake, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported 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 Defence and Fire Department. Rescue work is still ongoing," he added.

The navy will launch an investigation into the incident.