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Brazil rescuers search for 23 missing people after dams burst; cause still unknown

  • Horses struggle in the mud in the small town of Bento Rodrigues, Minas Gerais, Brazil after a dam burst on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Mud flowed into the village 4 miles (7 kilometers) downhill from the Samarco iron ore mine in the mountainous area. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Horses struggle in the mud in the small town of Bento Rodrigues, Minas Gerais, Brazil after a dam burst on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Mud flowed into the village 4 miles (7 kilometers) downhill from the Samarco iron ore mine in the mountainous area. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • People stand in their damaged home in Barra Longa after a dam burst on Thursday in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Brazilian searchers are looking for 23 people still listed as missing following the burst of two dams at an iron ore mine in a southeastern mountainous area. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    People stand in their damaged home in Barra Longa after a dam burst on Thursday in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Brazilian searchers are looking for 23 people still listed as missing following the burst of two dams at an iron ore mine in a southeastern mountainous area. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • People remove mud from a damaged home in Barra Longa after a dam burst on Thursday in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Brazilian searchers are looking for 23 people still listed as missing following the burst of two dams at an iron ore mine in a southeastern mountainous area. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    People remove mud from a damaged home in Barra Longa after a dam burst on Thursday in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Brazilian searchers are looking for 23 people still listed as missing following the burst of two dams at an iron ore mine in a southeastern mountainous area. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian searchers are looking for 23 people still listed as missing following the burst of two dams at an iron ore mine in a southeastern mountainous area.

The local fire department lowered the official death toll to one person Saturday. They say a body found Friday some 100 kilometers (62 miles) away that they previously said was a victim now cannot be confirmed as having died in the Thursday accident.

Fire officials say the official number of missing stands at 23. Thirteen of those were workers from the mine and 10 residents of a small village that was overrun by mud and water unleashed by the bursting of the two dams.