Disaster in Minas Gerais

On Thursday November 5, a serious incident occurred at the Samarco Mineração iron ore operation in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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The community of Bento Rodrigues was flooded by the release of mine tailings. Photo: Antonio Cruz (Agência Brasil)

According to BHP Billiton, which holds a 50% interest in Samarco (the other 50% is held by Vale), the Samarco operations include a three tiered tailings dam complex.