At 12:58 on January 25, 2019, a tailings dam collapsed outside the southeastern Brazilian town of Brumadinho, releasing a deluge of toxic sludge that destroyed surrounding villages and killed 270 people, among them employees of the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine, owned by mining giant Vale.
Two years on, the bodies of 11 victims are still missing. Search operations have taken up over 6,000 hours of work by almost 4,000 military personnel. The last time bodies were encountered was December 28, 2019. Searches stopped in March due to the pandemic, but continued on August 27.
Meanwhile, the survivors have been left unassisted, still dealing with the trauma of the disaster and seeking reparations. This week, the State Environmental and Social Protection Association (Aedas) published a 365-page dossier of “emergency reparation measures” after consulting 3,823 people in Brumadinho.