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Brazilian Teacher Saves 58 Students After Nearby Dam Bursts

Tuesday Nov 10, 2015 9:01 AM

Photo: Associated Press

A teacher in Brazil is being credited for saving the lives of her students after a dam burst and destroyed the village of Bento Rodrigues.

Reuters reports that Eliene Almeida was able to lead all 58 of her students to safety after she was alerted by her husband that a 65-foot-high wall of mud was heading straight to her school.

“He came in shouting that we had to run,” Almeida told Reuters. “Within three minutes everyone was out.”

According to Reuters, villagers only had about 25 minutes to escape the mudslide that destroyed more than six villages in Brazil.

Two people have been confirmed dead and many more are reported missing.

The mudslide was caused by two dams that burst at a mine owned by BHP Billiton. The Wall Street Journal reports that the dam was holding “water and discarded minerals from a nearby iron-ore mine.” And while it’s not toxic the iron does form a heavy mud that does not drain away quickly.

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