The resettlement of families that lost their homes due to the passage of the tailings originating from the Fundao dam collapse, has the mission of restoring the ways of life and the organization of the communities. Since the disaster, emergency actions have been taken, such as financial aid, temporary housing for the affected families, and health and psychosocial care.
The affected communities have a main role in this process and are the primary guide for the reconstruction of the districts of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo, in Mariana (MG), of Gesteira, in Barra Longa (MG), and the rural areas of these municipalities. This work involves planning, urban concepts, project approval, adaptation to challenges of the lands, design of each house according to the family’s wishes, installation of collective goods, and approval of each project by the municipal office, among other stages. On the part of the government, there is also a need to develop and pass legislation related to the construction of new urban centers.
The Bento Rodrigues community, located 24 km from Mariana (MG), was the first to be affected by the Fundao dam collapse on November 5, 2015. Works to build the new Bento Rodrigues district began in January 2019, on land known as Lavoura, which was chosen by those affected. Find out more on the Bento Rodrigues resettlement page.
Paracatu de Baixo
Paracatu de Baixo is a subdistrict of Monsenhor Horta. The works of the resettlement began in July 2019. It is a collective resettlement, which means that all residents of the place of origin will have the option of moving to a new common area. Find out more on the Paracatu de Baixo resettlement page.
Gesteira Velha, located 13 km from Barra Longa (MG), was another district hit by the Fundao Dam collapse. The resettlement land was chosen by the community, together with its technical advisory body. In December 2018, the Renova Foundation formally signed the purchase of this land. Find out more on the Gesteira resettlement page.