After dam break in Mariana, woman receives message by radio communicator which was installed in the car of his boss and saved dozens of lives.
It was up to the car because the cell phone was not working anymore
Paula used his motorcycle to break the news that the dam had been broken to residents. Disaster left three dead and 24 missing
“On November 5, two dams retaining tons of iron-mining waste near the Brazilian town of Bento Rodrigues burst, releasing a massive flood of thick, red toxic mud that flattened buildings and trees, smothered the small town, killed at least four, and left another 28 still missing. The dams are operated by the mining company Samarco, which is jointly owned by two larger mining companies: Vale, from Brazil and BHP Billiton, from Australia. Rescue workers are still searching for survivors as both Samarco and Brazilian authorities have issued statements saying the cause and full extent of the disaster remain undetermined.”
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