Video released showing moment dam burst in deadly Brazil disaster

Video released showing moment dam burst in deadly Brazil disaster

Video released showing moment dam burst in deadly Brazil disaster

But what is worrying many in Brazil's mining province is that it could happen again as regulations have gotten less rigorous in Minas Gerais state.

Video has emerged on Brazilian TV showing the dramatic moment a tailings dam near the community of Brumadinho collapsed.

Arrest warrants have been issued for five people responsible for safety assessments of the dam, including three employees from Vale SA, the company that owns the mine.

Newly released footage shows the moment a dam collapsed in Brazil, sending a river of mud across the nearby town of Brumadinho.

Vale said Friday it is expanding financial aid to those affected by the dam collapse. 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.

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More than 110 people have been killed and at least 200 are still missing. "Vale described the study as a routine disaster preparation plan required by regulators".

Authorities and environmental organisations have begun testing water quality around the mining complex, while Brazil's state and federal authorities have told residents not to use water directly from the Paraopeba or 100m around it.

The internal study reported by the Folha newspaper was dated April 18, 2018, and outlined the likely impact of a collapse at the dam. The company has said the mud flow destroyed the sirens before they could sound the alarm.

"This tragedy will be remembered not just here but all over Brazil", said 23-year-old Jonatan Silva Santos, who lost friends that worked at Vale.

In the wake of the disaster, Vale has said it will take up to 10 percent of its production offline and spend 5 billion reais ($1.36 billion) to decommission 10 dams.

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