New York

26 January 2019

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on the dam collapse in south-eastern Brazil

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the terrible loss of life and significant damage to people’s homes and the environment caused by the collapse of the dam yesterday in Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais. 
 
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Brazil. He wishes those injured swift recovery.
 
The United Nations system stands ready to support the Brazilian authorities in the search and emergency relief efforts. 
 
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General