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Vale to provide financial and psychological support to families of those affected by mine dam collapse in Brumadinho

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Global Mining Review,

At a press conference held on Monday 28 January with Finance and Investor Relations Executive Director Luciano Siani Pires, Vale announced new measures to provide financial and psychological support to the families of the affected people and to mitigate the impacts caused by the breach of Dam I of the Córrego do Feijão mine, in the city of Brumadinho in Minas Gerais (Brazil).

These actions adopted by the Executive Board add to Vale's current efforts to assist those affected by the dam breach occurred last Friday.

Containment measures

To contain sediments from the mud, the company announced a project for the construction of dikes surrounding the mine in Brumadinho and hired the project designer who worked in Samarco's dam breach case. The team conducted a field inspection yesterday to go over the details of the project.

As a preventive measure set to start today, Vale will install a sediment retention barrier close to the water body supplying the city of Pará de Minas, approximately 40 km from Brumadinho.

"Our goal is to prevent any interruption to the municipal water supply," explained Luciano Siani Pires.

Other measures included a field inspection along the Paraopeba river together with Samarco's team to define details for the construction of a sediment control barrier.


Financial support to the families

Vale will donate R$100 000 to the families of each missing person/confirmed fatality, regardless of whether or not they are Vale employees. "This has nothing to do with indemnification, which needs to be sorted out together with the authorities," said Siani Pires.


Psychological support

Vale will hire a specialised team from the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo to assist the families of those affected by the incident. The team comprising experts in trauma, grief and disaster will be joining the 100 health professionals of the company that are currently working on the site.


Financial compensation to the city of Brumadinho

In spite of the shutdown of the Córrego do Feijão mine, the company will continue paying mining royalties to the city of Brumadinho.

"The city of Brumadinho will not lose any royalties," said Siani Pires. "Last year, the city's revenue amounted to approximately R$140 million," he added.

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