Not far from Poços de Caldas, Brazil, in Minas Gerais is a mountain of doom – a tranquil but potentially deadly carcinogenic place. Nearby is an idle uranium mine. Eliane Fernandes explores the area around her home town.
An earth-filled dam has burst in southeastern Brazil, releasing a river of sludge that has destroyed and damaged homes in Minas Gerais state. At least 34 people are dead and some 300 are still missing.
The head of Brazilian mining giant Vale has stepped down after a deadly dam bust in January that killed scores of people. Investigators say the company had prior knowledge that the structure was at risk of collapse.
Two executives and two managers were among those arrested and could face charges ranging from environmental violations to homicide. They are suspected of having known the danger the dam presented.
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