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Saturday, 07 November 2015 18:45

Dam Breach of Toxic Sludge

A mudslide unleased at Bento Rodrigues in southeastern Brazil, when a dam broke at a mining deposit site. At least 17 people died and 40 people are missing.

A mudslide unleased at Bento Rodrigues in southeastern Brazil, when a dam broke at a mining deposit site. At least 17 people died and 40 people are missing.

A torrent of thick red mud destroyed houses and cars.

Bento Rodrigues, with 600 inhabitants who mostly work in the mining company Samarco, buried under a river of mud.

Residents of Mariana donated mattresses and mineral water for those affected.

The Fundao dam in which 25 people were working, restrained toxic mud from mining waste on an area equivalent to 10 football fields. For a reason which is still unknown, the dam fell is releasing a torrent of mud that was spread over an area of two kilometers.

The alarm sounded and the neighboring cities sent immediately firefighters and ambulances, helping residents of Bento Rodrigues to be removed from the place of destruction and take refuge in the nearby hills.

 

Source: dw.commalaysiandigest.com

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