Brazil: Vale tailings dam bursts in Brumadinho

On Friday 25 January, a Vale owned tailings dam in Brumadinho, Brazil, burst sending a wave of mud and mining waste through the surrounding site and villages. At least 150 people are dead and hundreds are missing.

This latest disaster comes just over three years since Samarco dam - in the same state and also owned by Vale, along with BHP Billiton – collapsed killing 19 people and displacing hundreds. In November, activists from Brazil travelled to London to meet with BHP Billiton and demand full compensation and resettlement for affected communities. 

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