Brazil Dam Collapse: At least 200 people still missing in Brumadinho

Pablo Tucker
February 4, 2019

A week after the deadly collapse of a mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, shocking new footage of the incident has emerged.

On Friday noon, the search and rescue work suspended for the mourning of the victims of the tragedy.

This is the second dam disaster in three years to hit Brazilian mining company Vale.

The Minerals Council said its board, which held a meeting on Wednesday, conveyed its sympathy and condolences to the people of Brazil, in particular those whose lives have been affected by the tailings dam disaster at Brumadinho.

The footage shows the entire hillside below the dam collapsing, sending an enormous torrent of red-brown waste hurtling down the valley.

An internal study showed the miner knew as recently as previous year that some of the areas hit were at risk if its tailings dam burst, according to a report by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

A number of experts and legislators claim that lax regulations and chronic short staffing made the devastating collapse of the dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen. Meanwhile, the police have arrested five people in connection with the Brazil dam collapse case, the report added.

The internal study reported by the Folha newspaper was dated April 18, 2018, and outlined the likely impact of a collapse at the dam. The company has said the mud flow destroyed the sirens before they could sound the alarm.

The owner of the dam, Vale, said in a press conference that the majority of the victims were employees.

Authorities and environmental organisations have begun testing water quality around the mining complex, while state and federal authorities have told residents to refrain from using water directly from the Paraopeba or 100m around it. "We are in the investigation phase and we can not say whether the (inspection) model was adequate or not".

Neto said liquefaction caused the 2015 collapse of the Samarco dam, which led to the deaths of 19 people.

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