Large mine waste failure in Ananea, Peru

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A large mine waste failure took place near the town of Ananea, Peru on November 26, 2021, damaging homes and leaving its streets flooded with mud and impassable.

The event took place at around 08:30 LT from one of the sedimentation ponds of the San Antonio mining cooperative, located on the Q’oñiunu hill.1

The collapse of the highly toxic material would have occurred due to the alleged negligence in the management and control of the mining waste pools; irresponsible work of some cooperatives, according to Sin Fronteras.

Three vehicles were buried under the mud, luckily without casualties.

The doors of some homes were destroyed by the force of the impact, streets were flooded and made impassable.

Local authorities evacuated the affected people and are coordinating their relocation.

Authorities said at least 8 mining companies will be investigated and sanctioned.

References:

1 Ananea inundada de relaves – Sin Fronteras

Featured image credit: Luis Romero

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