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Brazil evacuates towns near Vale, ArcelorMittal dams on fears of collapse

Mining News - Published on Mon, 11 Feb 2019

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Reuters reported that about 700 people were evacuated early on Friday from Brazilian towns near two separate tailings dams operated by Vale SA and ArcelorMittal on mounting fears of a recurrence of last month's deadly dam burst nearby. Vale said it has intensified inspections in the area and was installing equipment to detect vibrations and bringing in international consultants to assess the situation. At the Vale mine 500 inhabitants from Barão de Cocais were taken to a gym nearby. Separately, ArcelorMittal said it ordered the evacuation of about 200 people near its dam by the town of Itatiaiuçu, about 40 km (from Brumadinho, after consulting with local authorities. The decision came after the steelmaker said it adopted more rigorous inspection criteria in the aftermath of the Brumadinho disaster. A barrier stores tailings from the company's Serra Azul dam, with an output of 1.2 million tonnes of iron ore concentrate and pellets.

The collapse two weeks ago unleashed an avalanche of mud that engulfed nearby buildings and farms, killing an estimated 300 people in Brazil's deadliest mining disaster.

Another dam, also used to store the muddy mining detritus known as tailings and co-owned by Vale and BHP Group, had collapsed in 2015, killing 19 people and wreaking massive environmental damage.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 11 Feb 2019
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