World Feb 02

An activist covered in mud, holds a sign reading " VALE SA, Killer !" during a protest against the Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in front of the Se Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 1, 2019. Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters
Deadly Brazil dam collapse was disaster waiting to happen

Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the devastating collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say.

World Jan 27

Search for Brazil dam survivors renews amid growing despair

Brazilian officials on Sunday suspended the search for potential survivors of a dam collapse that has killed at least 40 people amid fears that another nearby dam owned by the same company was also at risk of breaching.