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270 people killed in a Brazil

Families of 270 people killed in a Brazil dam disaster two years ago will get $7bn in compensation.

The Brumadinho dam contained waste from an iron ore mine but gave way, unleashing a sea of mud which engulfed a staff canteen, offices and farms.

Senior staff at the company responsible – Brazilian mining giant Vale – are facing murder charges over the January 2019 disaster.

It said the move seals Vale’s aim to “fully compensate” for the disaster.

The state government said the amount was an initial estimate and that the company would have to pay more if necessary.

 

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