After the disastrous dam break in an iron ore mine in Brazil, the forces are finding more and more Dead. 99 bodies had been in the mud masses found, said the civil protection.
57 the Dead have been identified already. Still 259 people were considered to be missing. The death toll is likely to rise further. According to the rescuers, there are hardly any prospects to find other Survivors. The last Survivors had been recovered on Saturday morning.
The dam at the Mine Córrego do Feijão, the Brazilian mining group Vale, was broken on Friday. A mudslide had rolled through parts of the facility and adjacent settlements near the town of Brumadinho in the state of Minas Gerais and had buried people, houses and animals. Overall, ergo around twelve million cubic metres of mud shot on an area of about 290 hectares, the equivalent of 400 football fields.
had to work The search very tedious, said fire Department spokesman Pedro Aihara. “The mud is probably one of the most difficult surfaces to Work with.” There is no heavy machinery could be used. “And it is also more difficult than water, because water allows us to identify the body very easily,” he said.
On the side of firefighters, employees of civil protection, police and volunteers around 130 Israeli soldiers were involved in the Work. In addition to devices for the detection of mobile phone signals, sniffer dogs, and simple tools such as rods and shovels were used.
Aihara also spoke of the burden for the search teams: “It’s shocking.” Because of the force of the mud wave, the body will not be often completely. In the mud and the helper is also often difficult to distinguish human Remains from animal or other organic substances.
Meanwhile, offered the operator company Vale to the families of the Victims money. The company wants to pay per fatality or missing property of 100,000 Reais (23.600 euros), announced the group’s spokesman, Sergio Leite on Wednesday. This is a voluntary offer by the company and no compensation will be paid.
The cause of the accident remained unclear. The dam had been in the past year by the staff of the Munich-based company, TÜV Süd, tested. On Tuesday, the police arrested three employees of Vale, and two TÜV auditors provisional. “TÜV Süd deeply regrets the dam break in Brumadinho”, it said on Wednesday in a short statement.
According to information provided by the company TÜV employees had carried out on behalf of Vale in June of 2018, periodic Review of the dam, and in September of 2018, a regular safety inspection. For more information not wanted to make, TÜV Süd, due to the ongoing investigation.
in the year 2015, there were in the state of 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 operating 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 kilometres in length – all the way to the Atlantic ocean, the brown floss red broth.
Vale announced after the new disaster with far-reaching consequences. The company will tear down all the dams of the type as in Brumadinho and Mariana, said group CEO, Fabio Schvartsman. The decommissioning of the ten identical dams will cost about five billion Reais (€1.18 bn), and the production of iron ore of the company to 40 million tons per year chokes.