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At least 5 dead after boulder crashes on boats in Brazil, many people missing

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As per reports coming in from Brazil, at least 5 people have died and more than 20 people are missing after a Boulder crated on 3 boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday. According to media reports, 9 people were taken to the nearby hospital after the incident.

According to Romeu Zema, the governor of Minas Gerais, the rock was loosened at Furnas Lake in Capitólio due to heavy rains. He released a statement on Twitter saying, "I stand in solidarity with the families at this difficult time. We will continue to act to provide the necessary protection and support.”

As per the Fire department, the rescue efforts are still in progress with 40 divers looking for missing people, however, they will stop the search at nightfall due to safety concerns. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro informed via Twitter that the Navy deployed a relief force team to join the search and rescue efforts.

Furnas Lake, called the “sea of Minas”, is a popular tourist draw in the area roughly 420km (260 miles) north of São Paulo. Brazil’s National Meteorology Institute on Friday warned Minas Gerais that a “practically stationary” band of clouds could dump more than four inches of rain per day through Monday.

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