The Despair of Those Who Live Near Dam Set to Rupture in Brazil

“It feels like psychological terrorism,” says Deise Lima de Morais of waiting and not knowing if, when or how the dam will rupture.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A small city in Minas Gerais has been in waiting mode this week as residents pause to see what will happen after the impending rupture of the northern slope of the Gongo Soco mine pit in Barão de Cocais.

The rupture, say officials, may mean a slow leak in the dam or an all-out, abrupt break that would flood hundreds of kilometers of land nestled below the barrier within a matter of hours.

The tragedy of the Feijão Dam in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais in January led Brazil . . .

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