Israel set to send humanitarian aid delegation to Brazil following dam collapse

PM Netanyahu spoke this evening with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro following the dam collapse disaster in Brazil. The Prime Minister offered that Israel would immediately dispatch aid to the disaster site and assist in the search for survivors. Brazilian President Bolsonaro thanked the Prime Minister and accepted his offer.

The two agreed that an Israeli mission with rescue equipment would leave within 24 hours.

The IDF is currently preparing to dispatch the humanitarian aid delegation to Brazil.

IDF preparing to dispatch humanitarian aid delegation to Brazil following dam collapse

Rescuers in helicopters on Saturday searched for survivors while firefighters dug through the mud in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead and up to 300 missing.

More than 24 hours since the disaster happened, finding many more survivors was looking increasingly unlikely.

IDF preparing to dispatch humanitarian aid delegation to Brazil following dam collapse

“Most likely, from now on we are mostly going to be recovering bodies,” said Romeu Zema, the governor of the state of Minas Gerais, adding that those responsible “would be punished.”

Daily Folha de S.Paulo reported Saturday that the dam’s mining complex was issued an expedited license to expand in December due to “decreased risk.”

Preservation groups in the area say the approval was unlawful.

IDF preparing to dispatch humanitarian aid delegation to Brazil following dam collapse

Some 279 people have been rescued, Minas Gerais Civil Defense spokesman Officer Sargent Acquiles said.  According to Civil Defense, 345 people remain missing. But Vale, the Brazilian mining giant that manages the Feijao mine, said at least 413 people are missing.