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At least seven people were killed after a massive rock fell on top of several tourist boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday, CNN affiliate CNN Brasil reported.

At least seven people were killed after a huge boulder fell on several tourist boats in Egypt Brazilian CNN Brazil’s affiliate CNN Brazil reported that the state of Minas Gerais on Saturday.

Three people are still missing but rescue efforts were halted late on Saturday due to a “lack of natural light” at Lake Furnas in Capitolio.

They will resume on Sunday at 5 a.m. local time, Pedro Ihara, a spokesman for the Minas Gerais fire department, said.

At least seven people were killed after a massive boulder fell over several tourist boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday, CNN affiliate CNN reported.
At least seven people are still missing, but rescue efforts were halted late Saturday due to a “lack of natural light” at Lake Furnas in Capitolio. He was killed after a huge boulder fell on top of several tourist boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais in CNN Brazil reported Saturday. (CNN)
At least seven people were killed after a massive boulder fell over several tourist boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday, CNN affiliate CNN reported.
At least seven people were killed after a massive boulder fell over several tourist boats in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Saturday, CNN affiliate CNN reported. (CNN)

Mr. Aihara said that 23 of the 32 people treated in Santa Casa di Capitolio for minor injuries have been discharged from hospital, while two others in Santa Casa in Biome municipality were treated for exposed fractures.

Mr. Aihara said the rescue efforts would continue at least until Monday, adding that situations such as victims falling under the rock could prolong the work.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the Navy has deployed a relief force team to join the search and rescue effort.

Minas Gerais, a landlocked region in southeastern Brazil, has experienced heavy rains recently.

Tourist boat sailing through a valley in Lake Furnas, near the city of Capitolio, Brazil.  A huge piece of rock broke off the canyon wall and fell onto the barges.
Tourist boat sailing through a valley in Lake Furnas, near the city of Capitolio, Brazil. A huge piece of rock broke off the canyon wall and fell onto the barges. (AFP)

On Friday, Brazil’s National Meteorological Institute issued red warnings for Minas Gerais, where more than 100 mm of rain was forecast per day for at least four days, state media Agência Brasil reported.

It was the heavy rain that loosened the rocks in Lake Furnas, according to Romeo Zima, governor of Minas Gerais.

“I am in solidarity with the families at this difficult time,” Zima wrote on Twitter.

We will continue to work to provide the necessary protection and support.”

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A video posted on social media showed tourists on other boats in Firnas Lake chanting “Get out of there” just before the rock fell.

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