After the confirmation of the tragedy with the collapse of a rocky structure in Capitólio (MG) this Saturday (8), politicians published messages of solidarity with the families of the victims. The Minas Gerais Fire Department updated at the beginning of the night the number of victims of the tragedy to seven dead and 20 missing .
Fire Department Lieutenant Pedro Aihara, a spokesman for the corporation, said the death toll could rise. About 40 firefighters are involved in the search for the missing. According to Colonel Edgard Estevo, search dives should not be done at night for safety reasons.
In the networks, President Jair Bolsonaro said that “as soon as the regrettable disaster” occurred, the Navy was called to collaborate with the search . The president was informed of the tragedy by the press during the birthday party of the attorney general of the Union, Bruno Bianco, in Brasília.
The governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema (Novo), said that the heavy rains that have hit the state have caused the rock wall in Capitólio to come off. The governor said he sympathizes with the families. “The rescue work is still in progress. I sympathize with the families at this difficult time. We will continue to act to provide the necessary support and assistance”, he wrote.
The president of Congress, Senator Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD), who is from Minas Gerais, also lamented the tragedy. On his Twitter account, where publications are not open to the general public, Pacheco offered solidarity to the families of the victims and reinforced his confidence in the work of the Navy and Firefighters.
Senator and former governor of Minas Gerais Antonio Anastasia (PSD-MG) also published a message of solidarity with the victims’ families. “The images are impressive and cause us distress and great sadness,” he said.
One of Bolsonaro’s sons, Senator Flávio (PL) also published a post about the accident. The congressman stated that, out of respect for the victims, he would not publish the video of the moment of the disaster and said he was praying for the families.