Aug 1 (Reuters) - Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto RIO.AX on Thursday reported a 12% jump in first-half profit and declared a bumper dividend, as red hot iron ore prices helped offset the impact of disruptions caused by a cyclone in late March.
Underlying earnings for the six months ended June 30 rose to $4.93 billion from $4.42 billion a year earlier, the miner said.
Rio declared a 19% higher interim dividend of 151 cents per share. The world's no.2 miner of iron ore also announced a special dividend of $1.0 billion.
(Reporting by Aditya Soni in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)