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Fishermen bury fish washed up in mining mudflow

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 00:57

Local fishermen are contracted by Brazilian miner Samarco to bury dead fish along the coastline after two burst dams triggered a mud flow that surged out to sea. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is calling this "an environmental catastrophe." And the dead fish washing up on shore have sparked anger among many locals ... weeks after 196 million cubic feet of mud spewed out of an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state. The mud has spread across the neighbouring state, the River Doce, and out to sea. Days ago, protesters made a visual statement about the so-called "death" of the river. And now, Brazilian miner Samarco is paying fisherman to bury dead fish along the coastline... something this man says is hard to see. Fishermen say they have already seen stark affects to aquatic life, where sediment is settling and pH levels are altered. Authorities say it's posing serious threats to the livelihood of communities and the economy... with residents left to pick up the pieces.

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Fishermen bury fish washed up in mining mudflow

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 00:57