Identification and Compensation
KNOWING THE IMPACT ON EACH INDIVIDUAL
Registering all of the affected people and families is a decisive step towards reaching a final solution those who have had their lives disturbed. This process is delayed in the worst-hit region – cities of Mariana and Barra Longa – and should have been completed in 2016, being one of the major challenges in the attempt to understand the problem. Initially, even before Renova existed, a joint effort was made to produce a very simple list of those affected.
The purpose of the redoing the registry is to have a more accurate measurement of the impact on the life and assets of each family. This will be a key component for estimating the reimbursements and compensations. However, a conceptual deadlock has been standing on the way to a good solution. Prosecution officials believe the Registry should include intangible assets.
We believe that this assessment should be made in a subsequent stage, during which the agreements will be defined.
Until a consensus is reached with the Prosecution for the people in Mariana, what covers around 1,000 families, we are advancing in other areas of the of Doce river.
10,000 registrations from the Doce river region have already been delivered for the appreciation of the Inter-Federative Committee.
This first campaign, including 14,000 registrations, was closed on march 30. A new campaign will begin in April 2017, scheduled to be concluded in September. Thus, by the end of 2017 we shall have 100% of the affected population fully mapped.
ADVANCING WITH THE PAYMENTS
“My dream is that they will send me the emergency card. You have no idea how difficult life has been, I would like to be able to buy something wonderful for my two daughters”, says Edilene Nunes de Jesus de Jesus, one of the affected people who lived from fishing and family agriculture along the margins of Café stream, in the rural zone of Belo Oriente. Now that she has been registered, Edilene has the chance of having her situation analysed and may be receiving the Emergency Financial Aid for those who have had their productive activity compromised the dam collapse. This aid has already reached 8,159 families by March 2017. Those who were affected receive a monthly debit card to withdraw money and pay for their expenses.
Edilene Nunes de Jesus by Alexandre Battibugli
Indemnifying the losses and the damages caused to those affected is a key task for Renova Foundation. Meeting the specific claims of each family in the region more dramatically affected by the dam breach has also started in Barra Longa and Linhares. There are cases of shop owners and farmers who receive a compensation amount in accordance with a matrix developed by technical institutions that have been jointly appointed by the population, the technical chambers and the public defender’s office. These are agreements which are directly linked to the registration process. It is estimated that around 15,000 families are part of this universe.
Another major front of compensation that is being implementing addresses the damages caused by the water shortages in the days following the passage of the mud wave down the Doce river. Residents from Governador Valadares, in Minas Gerais, and Colatina, in Espírito Santo, have begun to close compensation agreements since October.
UUntil march 11, 51,000 people had been contemplated in Governador Valadares (mg) and 15,000 have already received the debit card to withdraw the compensation amount. In Colatina, 28,000 people have also been supported, and 8,000 have been registered to cash out the value, which was established at around R$ 1,000 per person – minors, elderly’s, pregnant women and people with special needs get an additional 10%. It is estimated that about 400,000 people will have access to their funds until July 2017.