New video shows moment Brumadinho dam collapsed in Brazil

Cristina Cross
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.

Brazilian authorities said at least 110 people had been confirmed dead and at least 238 people remained missing, according to The Associated Press.

Virtually all the dead and missing were workers at the iron ore mine, buried under an avalanche of sludgy mining waste when the dam collapsed above the facility's cafeteria and main administrative area.

A video aired on local media, has captured the moment a dam at an iron ore mine in south Brazil burst, releasing a wall of toxic sludge and mud. A 2015 mine tailings dam collapse at a site co-owned by the company caused widespread environmental damage.

"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", Reuters reported.

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Hildebrando Neto, Minas Gerais' deputy minister for environmental regulations, told Reuters late on Thursday that all evidence suggests that the burst was caused by liquefaction, whereby a solid material such as sand loses strength and stiffness and behaves more like a liquid. Vale described the document as a routine disaster preparation plan required by regulators.

Officials have said they don't yet know why the dam collapsed.

Aihara said rescue teams were focusing on an area believed to have been occupied by a locker room used by employees of mining company Vale SA.

"Everybody, the majority, worked in mining", he said.
Authorities have frozen over United States dollars 3 billion in company assets for it to pay damages and compensation.

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