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U.N. Body Alarmed Over Mining Waste Disasters

Enlarge this image Brazilian 76-year-old farmer Jose Pascual walks through a devastated area in Paracatu de Baixo village on October 2016, one year after a mine waste flood destroyed the town. The village was ruined in 2015 by a flood following the collapse of Brazilian mining company Samarco’s waste reservoir, killing 19 people. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images Some of the worst mining disasters do not happen in mines. They take place at dams. After minerals are extracted from mines, there are waste materials —…

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