The group chief Executive of the mining company Vale and other senior executives have resigned, five weeks after the devastating dam break in an iron ore mine in Brazil. The company wrote on Saturday, it was a farewell until Further notice. The Board of Directors had accepted the resignation of the CEO, Fabio Schvartsman immediately. Previously, the prosecution had recommended the company to dismiss him and other senior staff.

In the case of the dam failure of a retention basin in the state of Minas Gerais were killed in January, probably more than 300 people and large volumes of toxic sludge are released.

most Recently, the evidence that the Brazilian group knew of an increased risk of breakage increased. In addition, inspectors should have felt under pressure, the building is considered to be safe to be classified. The German TÜV Süd had examined the dam in August 2018 and measures to stabilise stimulated. Only four years ago, the collapse of a Vale-operated dam had caused a large environmental disaster in Brazil.

Schvartsman asked the Board of Directors in a letter that was published by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, to dismiss him “temporarily” from his Post. At the same time, he defended his actions. He was firmly convinced that his Actions have been absolutely reasonable and correct, and that he had complied with the safety standards in the company. The group is now used to be the head of the division base metals, Eduardo Bartolomeo the meantime.

The dam on the group’s own Mine Córrego do Feijão was on 25. January burst. About twelve million cubic metres of red sludge poured over the city of Brumadinho and parts of adjacent settlements in the South-East of the country. The civil protection put the number of officially confirmed dead last on 186, and a further 122 people apply for more than one month after the dam break as missing. The investigation by the Brazilian justice are not finished yet.

1/13 The affected mine is located in the state of Minas Gerais in the Southeast region of Brazil. After a dam break on a back pool for mining waste, ergo grip shooting millions of tonnes of sludge on the environment of the iron ore mine, as you can see on this Aerial photograph. © Washington Alves/Reuters 2/13 rescue forces on the ground and from the air to the other Victims. © Douglas Magno/AFP/ 3/13 dozens of helicopters are in use. © Douglas Magno/AFP/ 4/13 While the mud dries, the forces in previously inaccessible Places. With rods you explore the surface and dig for Buried victims. © Douglas Magno/AFP/ 5/13 Because of the risk of a further dam break, the forces had to in your search to work around Brumadinho temporarily interrupt. © Douglas Magno/AFP/ 6/13 in addition to firefighters around a thousand soldiers and sniffer dogs are in use. In addition, 136 of the Israeli soldiers, with special devices for locating mobile phone signals, to support, in the meantime, the local rescue forces. © Adriano Machado/Reuters 7/13 people in Brumadinho fear for relatives who are still unaccounted for. © Adriano Machado/Reuters 8/13 By the dam break are covered huge areas with a mixture of water, gravel, and earth. This image shows a cow in the mud masses. © Mauro Pimentel/AFP/ 9/13 A further photograph shows a destroyed bridge. © Andre Penner/AP/dpa 10/13 a car has entered the mud avalanche. © Andre Penner/AP/dpa 11/13 Two days after the dam break, a group of people considered a flooded area. © Mauro Pimentel/AFP/ 12/13 Neighboring settlements affected by the disaster. © Mauro Pimentel/AFP/ 13/13 “shaking Everything, and I saw huge trees and people under the mud disappear,” says Emerson dos Santos. The 30-Year-old sitting on the broken roof of his family home, which was destroyed by the dam break. © Mauro Pimentel/AFP/