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The Mariana mining tragedy: Brazil's 'worst environmental disaster'

Text by David GORMEZANO

Latest update : 2016-01-26

A burst dam in Brazil released millions of tonnes of toxic mud across 500 kilometres in November 2015 in what President Dilma Rousseff has called "the worst environmental disaster Brazil has ever seen".

The disaster wiped the town of Bento Rodrigues off the map, destroying an estimated 600 homes. From there the mud travelled another 500kms across two Brazilian states and polluted the region’s most important river, the Rio Doce, affecting mineral water supplies and threatening the livelihoods of the area's fishermen before spilling into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Date created : 2016-01-26

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