Brazil: Judge orders Vale to pay compensation for all damages caused by Brumadinho dam collapse

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17 July 2019

Brazil: Vale to pay out over $107 million for Brazil dam collapse

Author: The Guardian

....Vale has agreed to pay out £86m ($107m) in collective moral damages and £150,000 ($186,000) to each of the close relatives of nearly 300 people killed when a tailings dam collapsed in January at its iron ore mine in Brumadinho...

... While some relatives expressed relief, others said the money would not compensate the loss of loved ones and expressed hope that ongoing criminal investigations would lead to prosecutions....

... "You can't pay for the loss of my son's life. You can't pay for the plans and dreams he had for the future," said Maraliz Fernandes, 60, whose son, the Vale geologist Wanderson da Silva, 38, was killed by the wave of mining waste unleashed when the dam collapsed. "Money will not pay for my peace, which left along with my son."...

 

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11 July 2019

Brazil: Judge orders Vale to pay compensation for all damages caused by Brumadinho dam collapse, which killed over 240 people

Author: BBC News

"Brazil's Vale ordered to pay compensation for dam disaster", 10 Jul 2019

A judge in Brazil has ordered mining giant Vale to pay compensation for all damages caused by the collapse of the Brumadinho dam in January.

The collapse was Brazil's worst industrial accident.

The judge did not set a figure for the compensation but said that the company was responsible for fixing all the damages including the economic effects.

At least 248 people were killed as a sea of mud engulfed a staff canteen, offices and nearby farms...

Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira also said that $2.9bn (£2.3bn) of Vale's assets frozen by courts should remain blocked. He said the funds should be used to make compensation payments to affected families and businesses...

In a statement, Vale said it had a "total commitment to fair and quick reparations for the damages caused to families, community infrastructure and the environment"...

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