Environment

Mariana tragedy victims suffer setback in UK courts

Only one-third of victims of the 2015 Mariana dam collapse have received compensation. UK courts dropped a new attempt for reparation

An avalanche of toxic sludge buried entire communities in Mariana. Photo: José Cruz/ABr
An avalanche of toxic sludge buried entire communities in Mariana. Photo: José Cruz/ABr

As The Brazilian Report showed last week, five years have passed since the Fundão dam collapsed in the south-eastern Brazilian town of Mariana, causing 19 deaths and untold environmental damage. Yet, only two-thirds of families who qualify for compensation have received any redress as of August 2020.

These neglected households were dealt another disappointment on Monday, when the High Court of Manchester, in England, dropped a GBP 5 billion (USD 6.6 billion) lawsuit against Anglo-Australian mining multinational BHP Billiton, one of the controllers of the Fundão tailings dam.

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