February 8, 2019 / 9:56 AM / 12 days ago

Brazil's Vale evacuates 500 people from dam area in preventive measure

SAO PAULO, Feb 8 (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)

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