Bento Rodrigues em 09/03/2016 - Ruínas 13D Model
The Bento Rodrigues dam disaster occurred on 5 November 2015, when an iron ore tailings dam in Bento Rodrigues, a subdistrict of Mariana, Brazil, suffered a catastrophic failure, causing flooding and at least 17 deaths. At least 16 people have been injured.
About 60 million cubic meters of iron waste flowed into the Doce River. Toxic brown mudflows reached the Atlantic Ocean 17 days later. The total impact and environmental consequences to the river and the beaches near its mouth, or to the wildlife are still unclear. This incident has been described as the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history.
The dam is a property of Samarco, a joint venture between Vale and BHP Billiton. Initially it was speculated that the causes for the collapse would be some weaknesses in the dam’s structure that were described in a report of 2013 from the Brazilian authorities. The causes of the incident are still being investigated.
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