There is an environmental disaster unfolding in southeastern Brazil with the recent collapse of two dams at an iron ore mining facility. To better convey the extent of the contamination, I have put together a full feature on the Daily Overview Juxtapose page. You can check it out here:
In this frame we see Bento Rodrigues, a small village that was destroyed when the nearby dam failed and released 62 million cubic meters of wastewater. The sludge wiped out hundreds of homes and caused the death of twelve people. Eleven others are still missing. Because of the ongoing pollution, more than half a million people still do not have access to clean water for drinking or irrigating their crops. Yesterday, the contaminated water covered 400 miles of the Rio Doce River and entered into the sea, killing significant amounts of planet and animal life along the way. Officials are concerned that the toxins will threaten the Comboios Nature Reserve, a protected area for the endangered leatherback turtle.
This events definitely hasn’t received enough attention in the news so please share this post if possible.