Dam in Brazil bursts – level 2

10-11-2015 15:00

A dam in southeast Brazil burst. The water from the dam killed at least 15 people and more than 45 people are still missing.

A big mining company owns the dam. It built the dam to hold back water and residue from mining operations – a mixture that is often toxic.

The water destroyed villages and around 600 people had to evacuate. We do not yet know why the dam burst.

Difficult words: dam (a big wall which holds water), burst (to break open), residue (leftover – something which is left).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

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