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Brazil Dam Burst: Environmental Damage Spreading Down River

December 4th, 2015

Episode 575 of 900 episodes

It is a month since a catastrophic dam burst in eastern Brazil. Waste from the Samarco mine, owned equally by two global mining giants Vale and BHP Billiton, killed 13 people. Many hundreds of people were displaced in the disaster as 60,000 tonnes of toxic waste from the mine and mud swallowed up entire villages below the dam. The Brazilian government is seeking US$5.2bn in damages. The BBC's Daniel Gallas reports from the breached dam a month ago. He has now gone to see how people and villages much further down the River Doce have been affected. Also on the programme, China's President Xi Jinping has announced a $60bn financial package to fund African development. Speaking at the China-Africa Summit in Johannesburg the President said he was convinced that African countries and people were embracing a new era. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who is joint host at the summit, welcomed Africa and China's deepening partnership. We speak to the BBC's Africa correspondent, Karen Allen. And, Venezuelans are preparing to vote for a new parliament on Sunday. However, recession, shortages of basic goods, such as sugar, and the highest inflation rate in the world, have stoked expectations that the ruling socialist government could lose. We get more from the BBC's Daniel Pardo in Caracas.

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