Brazilian dam plan

RIO DE JANEIRO: A waste water dam that burst at a Brazilian mine last month, killing 17 people, will not be rebuilt, the company that operates the facility said on Saturday. In addition to those who died, two people were declared missing after the November 5 disaster at the Samarco iron ore mine near Mariana in southeastern Brazil. Samarco, which runs the facility, is a joint venture of mining giants Vale of Brazil and Australia’s BHP Billiton. The contaminated water and mud ran down a major river into the Atlantic Ocean, killing thousands of animals and devastating large swathes of protected tropical rainforest. At one point, 280,000 people were without drinking water.