October 30, 2020

The number of victims due to mining tragedy in Brazil already reaches 209

The number of victims due to mining tragedy in Brazil already reaches 209

The death toll from the mining tragedy that occurred in Brazil on January 25 reached 209, while the number of missing persons dropped to 99 after the discovery of new victims among the waste, firefighters said Tuesday.

Nearly two months after the mining disaster occurred in the town of Brumadinho, in the state of Minas Gerais (southeast), the rescue teams continue with the searches in the region in order to locate the bodies of the disappeared.

A total of 144 firefighters work in 18 different fronts of action, with the help of trained dogs, 71 machines, a helicopter and two drones, according to the latest bulletin of the Fire Department of Minas Gerais.

The works have been carried out almost uninterrupted since January 25, when a dam of the Vale mining complex in Brumadinho collapsed and caused a river of mud and accumulated mineral residues.

The shocking videos of the tragedy show the moment when the dam breaks and a sea of ​​mud ravages in a matter of seconds adjacent homes and part of the facilities of Vale, the world's largest producer and exporter of iron.

Brazilian authorities launched an investigation to clarify the causes of the accident and the possible responsibility of the company in the event, one of the greatest human tragedies caused by the breakdown of mining dykes in the last three decades.

In the middle of the pressures of the Prosecutor's Office, on March 2, the then president of Vale, Fabio Schvartsman, submitted his resignation, although in a letter he said he was "absolutely convinced" that his performance and that of other members of the management "was absolutely adequate, correct and, mainly, faithful to the non-negotiable values ​​of security protection of the company's operations".

The disaster in Brumadinho occurred only three years after another similar one occurred in Mariana, also in Minas Gerais and where the breakage of several dams of the mining company Samarco, controlled by Vale and BHP Billiton, caused 19 deaths.


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