Brumadinho dam disaster

iron ore dam failure in Brazil, disaster which occurred on 25 January 2019

The Brumadinho dam disaster occurred on 25 January 2019 when a tailings dam at an iron ore mine in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil suffered a collapsed and exploded.[1]

The aftermath of the dam collapse

The dam was owned by Vale, the same company which was involved in the 2015 Bento Rodrigues dam disaster.[2]

The dam released a mudflow that advanced over houses in a rural area near the city.[3][4] At least 110 people died as a result of the collapse.

President Jair Bolsonaro, sent three ministers to follow the rescue efforts.[5]

Satellite image of Brumadinho before and after the dam collapse


  1. Schvartsman, Fabio (25 January 2019). "Announcement about Brumadinho breach dam" (in Portuguese). Vale. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. "Barragem de rejeitos da Vale se rompe e causa destruição em Brumadinho (MG)" [Vale's Tailing dam collapses and causes destruction in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais]. Correio Braziliense (in Brazilian Portuguese). 25 January 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. "Clarifications regarding Dam I of the Córrego do Feijão Mine". Vale. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. "Barragem da Vale se rompe em Brumadinho, na Grande BH" [Vale's tailings dam collapses in Brumadinho, in Belo Horizonte metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte]. G1 (in Portuguese). 26 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. Ernesto, Marcelo. "Em mensagem, Bolsonaro lamenta rompimento de barragem em Brumadinho" [In a message, Bolsonaro mourned the tailing dam collapse in Brumadinho]. Estado de Minas (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 January 2019.