Dam breaches

Flood waters rushing down the Cimarron River wash away the ground under a home in the Twin Lakes community near Cimarron City, Okla. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 5:57 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two unmanned barges that broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma crashed into a dam hours later and sank Thursday, and they didn't cause the structure to fail, which officials feared might happen. The barges carrying about 3,800 pounds (1,725 kilograms) of...
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This Feb. 20, 2019, photo shows the Oroville Dam spillway in Oroville, Calif. California officials say the flood-control spillway at the nation's tallest dam is expected to be deployed as early as Tuesday, April 2, 2019, for the first time since it was rebuilt after it crumbled during heavy rains two years earlier, forcing nearly 2000,000 people to evacuate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 02, 2019 - 2:33 pm
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials at the nation's tallest dam unleashed water down a rebuilt spillway Tuesday for the first time since it crumbled two years ago and drove hundreds of thousands of California residents from their homes over fears of catastrophic flooding. Water flowed down the...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, a man paddles his boat through a flooded village after a dam in southeastern Laos collapsed, in the Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos. A United Nations human rights expert is urging Laos to focus less on big, foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, said Laos’ economy can only thrive if its leaders do a better job of educating and caring for all of its people.(AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)
March 29, 2019 - 6:16 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A U.N. expert on human rights said Friday that hundreds of people displaced by the collapse of a dam in Laos last year are facing bleak prospects for recovering their homes and livelihoods. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, said Friday in an interview that questions over...
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FILE - This March 17, 2019 file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base and surrounding areas in Nebraska affected by flood waters. After this spring's massive flooding along the Missouri River, many want to blame the agency that manages the river's dams for making the disaster worse, but it may not be that simple. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says much of the water that created this month's flooding came from rain and melting snow that flowed into the river downstream of all the dams, and at the same time, massive amounts of water filled the reservoirs and some had to be released. (Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake/U.S. Air Force via AP, File)
March 28, 2019 - 8:36 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After this spring's massive flooding along the Missouri River, many want to blame the agency that manages the river's dams for making the disaster worse, but it may not be that simple. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says much of the water that created the flooding came from...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, a man paddles his boat through a flooded village after a dam in southeastern Laos collapsed, in the Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos. A United Nations human rights expert is urging Laos to focus less on big, foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, said Laos’ economy can only thrive if its leaders do a better job of educating and caring for all of its people.(AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)
March 28, 2019 - 3:27 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert has urged communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. The U.N. rapporteur on poverty, Philip Alston, said Thursday that Laos' impoverished economy...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, a helicopter carrying a body pulled from the mud, days after a Vale dam collapsed, flies over a cemetery with two open graves in Brumadinho, Brazil. Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the collapse all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
February 05, 2019 - 4:39 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's leading research institute warned Tuesday of a potential health crisis from the failure of a dam in Minas Gerais state, which unleased a flood of muddy mining waste that killed at least 134 people. Fiocruz said the contamination of the ecosystem and the nearby...
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Helicopters hover over an iron ore mining complex to release thousands of flower petals paying homage to the dozens of victims killed and scores of missing after a mining dam collapsed there a week ago, in Brumadinho, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
February 02, 2019 - 2:11 pm
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Rescue officials say the death toll following the collapse of a dam holding back mining waste in southeastern Brazil has risen to 121. Another 226 people are missing. Lt. Pedro Aihara of the Minas Gerais state Fire Department said Saturday that some bodies may never be...
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Friends and relatives hold signs with the names of victims, during a march paying homage to the victims of a mining dam collapse a week ago, in Brumadinho, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. A spokesman for the Minas Gerais Fire Department said after the ceremony that authorities were not calling off the search for bodies although no one had been found alive since Saturday. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
February 02, 2019 - 9:12 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the devastating collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say. The failure of the dam holding back iron ore...
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A woman who lost a relative lights candles outside a church after a Mass for the victims of a mine dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The dam failure unleashed a surge of mud that buried buildings adjoining the dam and several parts of the nearby city of Brumadinho. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
February 01, 2019 - 2:57 pm
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — A week after the deadly collapse of a mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, dozens paid homage to the 110 victims killed and 238 who are still missing, while newly released video footage showed the moment that a powerful wave of waste began sweeping over...
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Tereza Ferreira Nascimento, center, her sister-in-law Sonia Santos, left, and her brother Pedro Ferreira dos Santos dig with garden tools in search of the body of Tereza's and Pedro's missing brother Paulo Giovane Santos, days after a mining company's dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. "We are here since Friday taking turns between brothers, brothers-in-law, searching for the body so that we can at least give him a dignified burial,” said Nascimento, holding back tears. “So far it has been in vain.” (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
January 30, 2019 - 1:26 pm
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Under a scorching sun, Tereza Ferreira Nascimento on Wednesday dug through the mud with garden tools and her hands in search of her brother Paulo Giovane dos Santos, resigned to the reality that he was most likely dead six days after a Brazilian dam holding back mine waste...
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