Helicopters hover over an iron ore mining complex to release thousands of flower petals paying homage to the 110 victims killed and 238 who are still missing after a mining dam collapsed there a week ago, in Brumadinho, Brazil, Feb. 1, 2019. The catastrophic failure of a dam jointly owned by the mining company flooded the river below with toxic iron waste, killing 19 people and displacing hundreds more.
A Brazilian TV channel has released a video showing the moment the dam collapsed in the January 25 disaster in southwestern Brazil, with mud and waste spilling out over the mine before burying buildings downstream.
The burst tailings dam at the Corrego do Feijao mine last Friday has ignited intense public anger against Vale, which was co-owner of Samarco, the previous dam that collapsed.
The company that owns the ore mine, Vale SA, has been ordered to pay a fine of 250 million reals (US$66.32 million) for various violations that led to the collapse - one of the biggest environmental penalties in Brazil's history. "Vale described the study as a routine disaster preparation plan required by regulators".
The mining company said it had also begun safely treating the streets and fields of Brumandinho to prevent the spread of disease as an environmental group told the AP Thursday that it had set out to test the Paraopeba river's levels of toxicity. Meanwhile, the police have arrested five people in connection with the Brazil dam collapse case, the report added.
"Everybody, the majority, worked in mining", he said.