After the dam break at an iron ore mine in Brazil, the forces of mountains, more and more corpses from the mud masses. The number of confirmed deaths rose to 60, such as the fire and rescue services. 292 people were still missing. The number of dead is expected to rise accordingly. “Unfortunately, it is very unlikely to find Survivors,” said fire Department spokesman Pedro Aihara.

the local rescue forces of 136 Israeli soldiers, who had travelled to the disaster. They brought with them, among other things, devices for the detection of mobile phone signals in the mud. The conditions in the disaster area, will be “very difficult and very dangerous,” said the head of the Israeli Mission, Colonel Golan Vach. While the mud dried slowly, fighting the forces of previously inaccessible Places. With rods they probed the surface and pits to be Buried.


helpers found, among other things, the dirt and mud, buried Bus. Whether and how many people were in the vehicle, was initially unclear. “I wanted to help, to save a cow and saw a blue part, I dug and saw that it was a vehicle, perhaps a Minibus,” said a volunteer assistant to the news portal G1. But he said that he can no tool and don’t see had, whether in the Bus people were sitting.

Criminal prosecution of persons responsible

The Federal government said Brazil their condolences. “With deep consternation that I heard of the dam breaking, in Brumadinho, in the course of which a number of people have lost their lives. I sincerely hope that more people can be saved,” wrote German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) in a telegram of Condolence to the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro. “My special sympathy goes to the families of the victims and the injured, whom I wish a speedy recovery.”

How you came exactly to the time of the accident, was initially unclear. TÜV Süd assessed the dams in the past year, as the company confirmed in Munich on request. “We will support the investigation in full, and the investigating authorities all the required documents to provide,” said TÜV Süd.

Serious allegations against the operator of

Fábio Schvartsman, the CEO of the mining group Vale spoke of a “terrible tragedy”. The public Prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation to determine those responsible for the disaster. “It is a criminal type prosecution of the persons responsible for this accident,” said General Prosecutor Raquel Dodge.

the mayor of The municipality of Brumadinho, Avimar de Melo Barcelos, gave Vale the blame for the accident. He accused the company of negligence and incompetence, and the state of Minas Gerais, a lack of supervision. “These business men, you think only of yourself,” said the 32-year-old Renato Simao de Oliveira, the missing his twin brother. To save some “money.”

the Chairman of The mining Committee in the state Parliament of Minas Gerais, Joao Vitor Xavier, said: “There are safe ways to operate mining. The reduced profit margins. Therefore, you make it rather cheap and put in order life.”

, Germany is one of the largest buyers of iron ore

the Ministry of The environment announced a penalty in the amount of 250 million Reais (Euro 58 million) against the group. Overall, the Brazilian judiciary of the assets of Vale in the total amount of eleven billion Reais (€2.6 bn) blocked works, to the financing of the cleanup and damage hedge replacement payments. On the first day of trading after the disaster, the share price of Vale fell by almost 20 percent.

in the face of disaster and possible damage to the environment, called the nature conservation organisation WWF German companies to take responsibility. Germany refer about 50 percent of its imported iron ore from Brazil and is one of the largest purchasers of raw material. “The breach of a dam shows the incredible suffering of the extraction of raw materials can cause,” said Jörg-Andreas Krüger from the WWF. “German companies bear this responsibility, if you are importing raw materials from such mines.”

In the year 2015, there were in Minas Gerais a similar misfortune. In the case of the “tragedy of Mariana” it came in a iron ore mine to a dam failure of a retention basin. At that time, 19 people were killed. The former operator company Samarco was also part of the Vale, and the Australian-British group, HP. A huge wave of mud and harmful substances spilled into adjacent towns and contaminated the river Rio Doce to around 650 kilometers in length. In the Atlantic, the brown floss red broth.

In the town of Brumadinho, the anger on the group and the Supervisory authorities is growing. The charge had nothing from the misfortunes of 2015 learned, so the accusation. The outrage could complicate the plans of the new President of Jair Bolsonaro, to loosen the pads for the mining industry.


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