The people were taken from Nova Lima, close to the Mar Azul mine in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais.
Level 2 of the country’s emergency action plan for tailings dams was triggered by Vale and prompted the evacuation, which was carried out with the civil defense authority.
“This [tailings dam] is currently inactive and the pre-emptive initiative will not affect production [volumes],” the miner said.
This is the third settlement in Minas Gerais to be affected by Vale’s operations in less than a month.
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