In the southeastern Brazilian Friday, the number of people who died due to dam collapse near a mine has reached fifty, and 345 are missing. Meanwhile, administrative officials that the rescue operation is in progress, but people are less likely to get back alive.
The local fire officer said that seven bodies were recovered after several hours of disaster on Friday, but the number of dead rose to ten on Saturday. In the missing people, 150 people used to work in the company’s administrative office located near the dam. This mine belongs to the Brazilian mining company Vale. In the same state, a mine collapsed in 2015, in which 19 people died.
German company gave clean chit
A German company had inspected the dam a few months ago, but it did not find any flaw in it. The Munich-based company, TÜV SÜD, which specializes in this regard in the world, inspected the company’s ownership of the mine, in September 2018. Then he did not get any type of deficiency in the structure of the dam.
Built in 1976, the dam was one of several in the area and it was used to hold residue from the mine. It had a capacity of 12m cubic metres and had been an inactive site for three years, Vale said.
Fines imposed on mining company Vale
After the collapse of the dam, a fine of five billion rupees has been imposed on Brazilian mining company Vale. This penalty has been imposed by the government’s environmental protection agency, IBAA. Earlier, the government officials had issued orders to freeze around Rs.19 billion in bank accounts of the company. In order to give relief to disaster victims.