Eight months after the collapse of a dam in Brazil, which killed hundreds of people in a mudslide, a judge sentenced the mining company Vale to pay millions in compensation. The judge in the state of Minas Gerais ruled that Vale had to pay the families of three deaths a total of 2.6 million euros in compensation. Further complaints from relatives are pending.
The breach in the dam in Brumadinho had millions of cubic liters of sewage sludge spilled over the area, killing 270 people. It was one of the worst disasters in the history of Brazil.
Another court had sentenced Vale in July to pay for all damage caused by the dam failure. A loss amount was initially not set. Irrespective of this, it is also being investigated against TÜV Süd, which certified the safety of the dam a few months before the break.