A trial that began Monday (Apr. 4) and continues on until Friday (8) is considering the appeal filed by people affected by the tragedy. They request the recognition of the UK’s jurisdiction in the case.
Heavy rains in the first weeks of 2022 in the state of Minas Gerais have put the mining sector on alert. In some places, more than 200 millimeters were recorded in just two days.
Abóboras, Vargem Grande, Fábrica and Viga plants were gradually resuming production. They represent about half of the current capacity of the Southern System in the state of Minas Gerais.
As per estimates from the state’s Prosecution Service, less than 30 percent of the victims have been compensated. The dam collapse caused a wave of sludge that swept over a number of municipalities in Minas Gerais and its neighboring state Espírito Santo through the Doce river basin. Furthermore, 19 people died.
Since the tragedy—which took place after a dam at the Córrego do Feijão mine collapsed, on January 25, 2019—259 bodies have been rescued. A total of 11 people remain missing and firefighters are still searching.