An Israeli search and rescue team is set to leave for Brazil to help search for those missing following the collapse of a dam on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Brumadinho.
At least 40 people are dead and hundreds of others are missing in the wake of the disaster.
VIDEO: The collapse of a disused dam owned by Brazilian mining giant Vale in Brazil releases a massive torrent of mud that washed over the iron-ore extraction complex, leaving 200 people missing and a near-certainty of multiple deaths pic.twitter.com/ToBMofYtwr
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 26, 2019
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro following the collapse of the dam to discuss what kind of aid was needed. The two leaders agreed an Israeli mission would leave for Brazil with rescue equipment within 24 hours, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
I spoke with @jairbolsonaro following the dam collapse disaster in Brazil. I offered that Israel would dispatch aid to the disaster site and assist in the search for survivors. He thanked me and accepted my offer. We agreed than an Israeli mission would leave within 24 hours.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 26, 2019
“Prime Minister Netanyahu offered us help in the search for those missing in the disaster of the Brumadinho Dam. We have accepted and are thankful for this Israeli technology in the service of mankind,” Bolsonaro tweeted in response.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 26, 2019