Heavy rains leave Brazil indigenous group homeless again

Heavy rains leave Brazil indigenous group homeless again
# 13 January 2022 06:30 (UTC +04:00)

Three years ago, the collapse of the tailings dam at an iron ore mine forced them to move their homes to higher ground, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Now, the rain-swollen Paraopeba River has flooded their new village and left them homeless again.

Some 50 indigenous people of the Pataxo-Hahahae tribe have taken shelter in a local school, but their houses in the village of Nao Xoha have been contaminated by muddy tailings-filled waters of the river.

"We lost houses. We lost bathrooms. We lost our medical center. We lost furniture. Our community is all flooded," Chief Sucupira Pataxó-Hahahae said on Wednesday. "It makes your heart bleed."

"The water contaminated by ore flooded our homes and backyards. There's no way we can live there anymore. We have a lot of kids," he said.

Heavy rains have pounded the mining region of Minas Gerais state in southeast Brazil relentlessly for the past two weeks, causing dams to overflow and flooding towns and roads. More than 20 people have died.

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