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Victims of Brumadinho authorize transfer of R$ 2.2 million to Rio Grande do Sul

Part of the resources paid by the mining company Vale as compensation for the collective moral damage caused by the tragedy in Brumadinho will be allocated to Rio Grande do Sul.

The victims of the dam collapse, which occurred in January 2019, approved aid to the state, which is dealing with record floods resulting from a large volume of rain. 147 deaths have already been confirmed in the cities of Rio Grande do Sul.

In total, R$2.2 million will be allocated. The decision was announced this Monday (13) on the social networks of the Association of Relatives of Victims and Those Affected by the Breakdown of the Córrego do Feijão Mine Dam (Avabrum).

Of the total, R$2 million will be shared between the government of Rio Grande do Sul and the Fund for the Reconstitution of Injured Assets, managed by the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul (MPRS).

The remaining R$200,000 will be donated to the Association of Families and Survivors of Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria (AVSTM), an entity that is also raising funds to help victims of the climate disaster.

The resources come from a fund created as a result of an agreement to compensate relatives of workers killed in the tragedy in Brumadinho. 272 lives were lost, including the babies of two pregnant women. The majority of victims were Vale employees or companies that provided services to the mining company.

The agreement that included the creation of the fund also defined the amounts for individual compensation to parents, spouses or partners and children of the deceased. As a result, a lawsuit filed by the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT) was closed shortly after the tragedy.

Vale needed to allocate R$400 million to the fund. The movement of money depends on the approval of a management council, made up of representatives from Avabrum, the MPT, the Regional Labor Court (TRT-MG) and the Federal Public Defender's Office.

A large part of the amount was allocated to life preservation projects in the areas of health and food security. The resources have already benefited, for example, hospitals, nursing homes and research institutions by carrying out renovations, financing studies, expanding beds and purchasing equipment. Amounts have also been released for worker qualification actions and job and income generation; protection of indigenous people, the elderly and children; education and preservation of memory.

Source: CNN Brasil

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