Backgrounder: Deadly accidents in Latin America recently

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-28 14:58:04|Editor: mmm
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- At least 58 people died and hundreds remain missing after a tailings dam owned by mining giant Vale collapsed Friday afternoon in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais, said local authorities.

The following are some deadly accidents in Latin America recently:

-- APURIMAC, Peru, Jan. 27, 2019: At least 15 people were killed and more than 30 others injured as a mudslide caused a hotel wall to collapse in the region of Apurimac in Peru.

The Alhambra Hotel in the rural town of Abancay was hosting a wedding celebration, leading to a high number of victims.

-- SAN RAFAEL, Peru, Jan. 25, 2019: At least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured when a passenger bus fell into a river in central Peru.

The bus, with 50 passengers on board, lost control, overturned and fell into the river on a highway in San Rafael District, Ambo Province, local authorities said.

-- Bolivia, Jan. 20, 2019: At least 11 people died and more than 20 others were injured when a bus carrying a sports delegation veered off the road and crashed into a ravine in southern Bolivia.

-- Bolivia, Jan. 19, 2019: A head-on crash between two buses on the Oruro-Potosi highway in southwest Bolivia left at least 22 dead and more than 30 others injured.

According to the police report, the accident could have been caused by excessive speed, one of the buses may have crossed into the oncoming lane, and rain and fog could have obstructed the drivers' vision.

-- HIDALGO, Mexico, Jan. 18, 2019: 109 people were killed in a pipeline explosion in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo.

According to the local government, between 600 and 800 people gathered at the site to collect leaked fuel with containers when the explosion took place.

Officials believe fuel thieves had perforated the pipeline, which belongs to state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and transports fuel from the city of Tuxpan on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to the Tula refinery, near the site of the incident in Hidalgo.

-- Haiti, Oct. 7, 2018: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Haiti, killing at least 10.