Repair and development

Repair Overview

Repair Overview

Since the first hours after the breach of Dam I, at Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho (Minas Gerais), Vale has been providing affected people and their families with full support. Several recovery initiatives have been carried out in the social, environmental, Works and secutity sectors.

This page presents the accountability of these actions. Here are released the videos, the vision of the the Executive Board for Recovery and Development and the Repair Report document with all the information compiled.

Repair Report

Get to know all Vale actions in Brumadinho and region until December 2019

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The indemnification proceedings are being conducted with the support of the Public Defender's Office. In total, there are three indemnification fronts. See below the highlights related to each of them.

Check the details of each indemnity front and its procedures

Emergency indemnification

More than 105,000 people with monthly compensation until Jan 2020

Individual indemnification

2,374 agreements signed
5,104 indemnified people


577 agreements signed
1.564 indemnified people

Data until 04/27/2020

Areas of Action

More than 500 million

liters of water distributed for human and animal consumption and for agricultural irrigation

18 thousand

medical and psychological assistance

R$ 382 million

allocated to public authorities

100% of emergency tailings containment works completed

R$ 359 million invested in the emergency works

Maintenance of 430 km of roads

More than 4 million analyses of water, soil, tailings, and sediment along the Paraopeba river

340 rescued animals were adopted or returned to their families

More than 3 billion liters of clean water returned to the Paraopeba River

Improvements in structures such as water level reduction and drainage channel cleaning.

90 dams are monitored 24 hours a day*

R$ 7.1 billion will be invested in dams de-characterization

*Data until December 2019

Learn more about the dam de-characterization process


See more information on emergency dam containments


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Vale´s actions

Monthly monitoring


In the past month, Vale completed the de-characterization works of the first of the nine upstream dams as announced in January 29.  The company also highlights the actions and results aimed at the recovery of the Paraopeba River: more than 3 billion liters of clean water has returned to the river. In addition, works and initiatives are being undertaken to address and ensure water supply in the impacted areas.

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Until this month, Vale has signed more than 4,000 agreements, fully indemnifying people. Resources exceeding R$ 2 billion have already been allocated in these compensation actions. Besides compensation and donations, Vale has also structured the Comprehensive Assistance Program for Affected People. The project offers financial planning and education, support for the purchase of real estate, technical assistance to rural activities, microentrepreneurs, and income supplement activities, in addition to social monitoring.

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Since January 2019, the company has allocated more than R $ 2.3 billion for reparation and compensation actions. In recognition of the work of the corporations in Brumadinho, Vale also concluded this month the donation of 77 operating vehicles to public security agencies of Minas Gerais. Until October 23, the River Water Treatment Plant has returned over 1,9 billion lters of clean water to the Paraopeba river, according to the Conama standards.

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After eight months, more than 107,000 people are receiving emergency compensation. In total, 127 domestic animals under company´s care have already been returned to their owners or adopted in fairs promoted by Vale. An investment of R$ 7.1 billion is ongoing to decharacterize dams. Vale continues to monitor the Paraopeba river

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In August, the highlight is the construction of a new road access from Córrego do Feijão to Alberto Flores Avenue, connecting the community to the Brumadinho Center. Access will be paved and will allow safer local and transit vehicle traffic to be restored. To date, more than 106,000 people are already receiving emergency compensation on a regular basis and 575 animals out of 702 rescued are still under Vale's care.

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Up to July, 171 individual indemnities were paid and Vale will continue to evaluate cases of people affected who wish to apply for this right. Also this month, we concluded with the MPT of Minas Gerais one of the definitive agreement of indemnification for families of Vale employees and third-party workers affected. In the environmental area, 750 thousand cubic meters of material were removed and transported to an area authorized by competent bodies.

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Vale has worked with a total focus on repairing damage, with actions that include indemnities, donations to public agencies and impacted people, medical and psychological assistance, purchase of medications, among other services. In total, R$ 1.5 billion has been invested in environmental services, health materials, transportation and other logistical costs.

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Four months after the breach of the I Dam, more than 69 thousand residents have already received emergency compensation in 15 municipalities. Vale also signed an agreement with the Association of Mining Municipalities of Minas Gerais and Brazil (Amig) to make financial contributions totaling R $ 100 million. Structural works, humanitarian assistance actions and environmental monitoring are also being carried out. To know all the actions until then, read the Monthly Repair Report.

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In addition to caring for people, Vale takes actions related to the environment. Currently, there are 65 monitoring points along the rivers near the breached dam. Tailings samples are collected at 42 points near the dam and along the river. Five turbidity curtains are installed, and more than 300,000 water, soil, tailings, and sediment analyses have been made. Learn more about all the actions, read this month's report.

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Until this month, R$100,000 was donated to each of the 274 families of affected people in Brumadinho. In total, 10 hospitals and health centers, as well as five help centers, were made available to assist people affected in different cities. On March 15, Vale also established a contribution of R$20 million to the Fire Service of Minas Gerais, in recognition of the hard work done in Brumadinho. To learn more about these and other actions, read the Monthly Repair Report.

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This month, several expenditures were made to improve support for the affected communities. R$118 million was invested in medicines, water, equipment, and logistics costs. In addition, R$2.6 million was donated to the city of Brumadinho for the purchase of emergency equipment, hiring of health professionals, and supply of more than 12 million liters of water to 15 municipalities. Check out all our actions in the complete overview.

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Vale's focus in Brumadinho is and will always be the assistance to people. The company has reserved R$ 24.1 billion for reparation actions and indemnities due to the breach. This budget is intended for payment of indemnities, environmental interventions, social and economic projects, support to governmental measures and de-characterization of upstream dams in Minas Gerais.

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