Fundão dam burst exposes failings in Brazil mining industry

Telegraph: In 1984, the celebrated Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade published four simple stanzas lamenting the “sweet river” and the “bitter vale”. Born in the mining village of Itabira in Minas Gerais, Drummond knew well the importance of the Rio Doce, which flows through the state from the Atlantic, and the Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, formed in 1942, to explore the valley for iron ore. But after the Fundão tailings dam burst in Mariana, Minas Gerais, just over two weeks ago, flooding waste......

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