People affected by the Rio Doce Basin suffer from an increase in the cost of

In the six years since the crime of Samarco, a mining company controlled by Vale and BHP Billiton, in the Rio Doce basin, those affected face yet another economic battle: the increase in the cost of living caused by the Bolsonaro government. Before that, most of the affected population was already experiencing loss of income and work. caused by river contamination.

Alessandra Silva, stricken by crime in Colatina, Espírito Santo, reports that her financial situation has deteriorated a lot and that, before the pandemic, she was able to buy water for consumption. “Today I can only buy water to drink and, unfortunately, I have to cook with tap water, knowing that the water offered here, from Rio Doce, is unsafe for consumption”, he laments.

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The current economic crisis has caused impoverishment and unemployment across the country, and the price of the basic food basket has increased considerably in all capitals. According to a study by the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (Dieese), in September, the value of the basic food basket was R$ 582.61 in Belo Horizonte and, in Vitória, it reached R$ 633.03.

In addition, the price of gas exceeded R$ 100 and, recently, the federal government allowed a 50% increase in the Electric Energy Tariff Flags, forcing the population to pay a monthly fee of R$ 14.20 for each 100 kilowatt-hours consumed.

“It is very sad, after six years, to see the public power, the State and the federal government with their arms crossed for those affected”, she says, reached

For Alessandra, this situation made the lives of those affected by crime even worse.. “It is very sad, after six years, to see the public power, the State and the federal government with their arms crossed for those affected”, he points out. “Are people going to have to die for these powers to look at us and do something? In fact, we are already dying”, he is indignant.

According to a December 2019 study by the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), of 25 thousand properties analyzed from the records of the Renova Foundation, almost 24 thousand declared loss and/or interruption in fishing, fish farming in the river or activities of washerwoman. And 24,700 said they affected the individual’s occupation, work and/or income. Also according to the document, the impossibility of exercising autonomous activity was declared in more than 80% of cases, both among men and women.

Source: BoF Minas Gerais

Edition: Larissa Costa

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