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Damage to a diamond mine drainage system pollutes 100 kilometers of river in Lunda Sul

A breakdown in the drainage system in the tailings basin of Sociedade Mineira de Catoca caused a polluting spill covering approximately 100 kilometers of the river Lova, in the province of Lunda Sul, the government said.

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In a note, the Angolan Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment said that the National Directorate for Prevention and Assessment of Environmental Impacts (DNPAIA) and the National Waste Agency notified the company of this incident after a public complaint, on Monday .

According to Sociedade Mineira de Catoca, the incident was due to the breach of the protection dyke in the retention basin of the mine's washing waters, causing pollution of the Lova river and adjacent areas, on 27 July.

The document points out that the diamond company also informed that it has taken steps to contain the spill, with the construction of a dam in the affected area, and that a recovery plan for the affected areas is in progress.

The authorities also inform that, in order to monitor the containment and cleaning actions of the affected areas, DNPAIA has started inspection works to restore the state of environmental and social degradation, in light of the polluter pays principle, under the terms of the Decree Presidential 194/11, of 7 July, on Liability for Environmental Damage.