Deadly dams still in operation years after Brumadinho tragedy

Brazilian federal law forbids the construction of unsafe upstream dams in the country, such as the ones that collapsed in Brumadinho and Mariana, but many are still in operation

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Bauxite tailings upstream dam, located next to the Alumínio municipality, in countryside São Paulo. Photo: Cadu Rolim/Fotoarena/Folhapress

This October 21 marked 1,000 days since a tailings dam at the Córrego do Feijão mine collapsed in the southeastern Brazilian town of Brumadinho, killing 270 people. Families of the victims gathered on the date to pay homage to their lost loved ones, but some have yet to experience any sort of closure after the deadly incident.

Over two and a half years on, firefighters are still searching for eight missing bodies — and the Brumadinho families are tirelessly working to make sure the operation continues. Despite the large amount of time elapsed since the disaster, search teams have still...

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