Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Moment of Brazil dam collapse caught on camera

Moment of Brazil dam collapse caught on camera

A week after the collapse of a mining dam in Brazil, dozens paid homage Friday to the 115 people killed and 248 still missing, while newly released video footage showed the moment that a powerful wave of waste began sweeping over everything in its path. It said it estimated that investments of around US$5 billion would be necessary to decommission its upstream dams and estimated that the decommissioning process would occur over the next three years.

More than 250 firefighters, with the help of 22 trained dogs, search for the 226 still missing following the collapse of the dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale in Brumadinho.

A week after the disaster, footage has emerged of the exact moment the dam burst, causing a mudslide that engulfed buildings and vehicles in the nearby city of Brumadinho.

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. Vale described the document as a routine disaster preparation plan required by regulators.

A number of experts and legislators claim that lax regulations and chronic short staffing made the devastating collapse of the dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen. They were buried under mine waste after the dam collapsed. It found that the mine restaurant, where many Vale workers were likely to have died, would be hit by toxic mud.

The study envisaged that sirens would alert workers if the dam burst.

"Everybody, the majority, worked in mining", he said.

Aihara said rescue teams were focusing on an area believed to have been occupied by a locker room used by employees of mining company Vale SA. "We are in the investigation phase and we can not say whether the (inspection) model was adequate or not".

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