State of Emergency Declared in Brazil’s Marina Mine Disaster
Posted by feww on November 12, 2015
New evacuation orders issued amid fears of repeat mine disaster
Residents near the Samarco mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil, have been given new evacuation orders barely a week after the catastrophic collapses at two tailing pond dams unleashed a tsunami of toxic sludge, burying the community of Bento Rodrigues, leaving dozens dead or missing and hundreds displaced.
The twin dam bursts released at least 62 million cubic meters of toxic sludge, burying most of the Bento Rodrigues community in Mariana, and leaving more than 630 people homeless.
A state of emergency has now been declared in the Mariana region, and civil defense authorities have issued new evacuation orders amid fears for the safety of a third dam, reported the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Wednesday.
“Families are being relocated so that they are in greater security,” the Minas Gerais state official told AFP.
The mine is operated by Samarco Mineracao—a company jointly owned by two mining giants, Brazil’s Vale S.A., world’s third largest, and the Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, Ltd., world’s largest mining company.
A state prosecutor, who specializes in environmental cases, has accused the mine operator of “negligence,” calling for Samarco to compensate the families of victims and the displaced, said the report.
- Tsunami of Toxic Sludge Destroys Brazilian Town November 6, 2015