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City in Minas Gerais Given Holiday to Train For Evacuation

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Barão do Cocais, in the state of Minas Gerais were given a local holiday on Monday (March 25th) by city officials. The city, located below the Gongo Soco mine, operated by mining giant Vale, is expected to hold emergency drills for the population in case the dam breaks.

"It is important to emphasize that if there is an evacuation, people need to leave on foot, with tranquility. Vehicles should not be used, because the roads should be free for firemen and police vehicles that will be helping . . .

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