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A boat navigates on the Furnas reservoir on Sunday after a massive slab of rock broke away from a cliff and toppled onto pleasure boaters on Saturday, killing at least 10 people near Capitolio city, Brazil.

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A boat navigates on the Furnas reservoir on Sunday after a massive slab of rock broke away from a cliff and toppled onto pleasure boaters on Saturday, killing at least 10 people near Capitolio city, Brazil.

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BRASILIA, Brazil — The death toll from an accident in which a slab of cliff rock toppled onto pleasure boaters on a Brazilian lake has risen to 10, police said Sunday. Authorities worked to identify the dead and divers were searching the lake in case there were more victims.

Police Chief Marcos Pimenta said there was a possibility that some people were missing following the accident Saturday in Minas Gerais state. At least 32 people were injured, though most were released from hospitals by Saturday evening.

The accident occurred between the towns of Sao Jose da Barra and Capitolio, from which the boats had left. Video images showed a gathering of small boats moving slowly near the sheer rock cliff on Furnas Lake when a fissure appeared in the rock and a huge piece toppled onto several of the vessels.

A tourist boat navigates through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, on Sept. 2, 2021. A massive slab of rock broke away on Saturday from the canyon wall and and toppled onto pleasure boaters killing at least six people and injuring dozens at the popular tourist destination in Minas Gerais state.

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A tourist boat navigates through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, on Sept. 2, 2021. A massive slab of rock broke away on Saturday from the canyon wall and and toppled onto pleasure boaters killing at least six people and injuring dozens at the popular tourist destination in Minas Gerais state.

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The bodies were taken to Passos city, where coroners worked to identify them. The work was difficult because of the ″high energy impact″ of the rock on the boaters, said a regional civil police official, Marcos Pimenta. He said one victim had been identified as 68-year-old Júlio Borges Antunes.

Furnas Lake, which was created in 1958 for the installation of a hydroelectric plant, is a popular tourist draw in the area roughly 420 kilometers (260 miles) north of Sao Paulo.

A tourist boat navigates through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil on Sept. 2, 2021.

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A tourist boat navigates through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil on Sept. 2, 2021.

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Officials suggested the wall coming loose could have been related to heavy rains recently that caused flooding in the state and forced almost 17,000 people out of their homes.

The head of the Applied Geology Division of the Brazilian Geological Service, Tiago Antonelli, said the cliff wall is subject to centuries of erosion and susceptible to rain, heat and cold.

“It’s normal to happen in many canyons, even with rocks of that size. But nowadays, with the intensification of tourism, people are starting to get closer to these places and to register these phenomena with their cell phones,” Antonelli said.

Joana Fontez, geology professor at the Federal University of Goiás, said that authorities should have been controlling the site to prevent accidents, especially in the rainy season. The boats should have been kept at least one kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the waterfall where the accident happened, she said.

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In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

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