A federal police officer takes picture of the collapsed Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho, Brazil February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Vale SA has evacuated around 500 people from a dam area in the Gongo Soco mine in the state of Minas Gerais as a preventive measure, the mining company said in a statement on Friday.
The evacuation follows a mandate from the Brazilian mining agency and comes after consultancy firm Walm denied the issuance of a stability statement for the dam.
Reporting by Marta Nogueira; writing by Carolina Mandl; editing by Jason Neely