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Brazil grotto collapse kills 10 worshippers and injures four

The partial collapse of a grotto in central Brazil has killed at least 10 people during a religious celebration and injured four others, officials said.

The Tocantins state fire department said about 50 worshippers were gathered at the grotto when part of the cave's roof collapsed.

Fire department chief Edvaldo Gomes Araujo said that all the bodies and the injured have been removed from the grotto area.

The Tocantins state government said in a statement that some of the injured were taken to local hospitals.

Many worshippers visit the Casa da Pedra grotto in the city of Santa Maria to leave candles, pray and celebrate All Saints' Day.

Santa Maria, with about 2,000 people is almost 1,200 miles north-west of Rio de Janeiro and the access to the Casa da Pedra region is difficult.

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