A mining waste dam owned by Vale SA collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil, in January 25, 2019, killing 270 people. The company agreed to compensate the victim's families and other residents in Brumadinho with large amounts of money, prompting a frenzy of consumption among locals. Nine months after one of the biggest environmental disasters in the world, the region is changed. The Paraopeba River is still contaminated. The population has grown, as well as the sales of antidepressants and sleeping pills. Brumadinho will never be the same.

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Brumadinho, Brazil - November, 2019.
Maíra Erlich for The Wall Street Journal