Governor of Minas Gerais says that rainfall intensity can determine access or not to the Furnas Lake region
the governor of Minas Gerais, Romeo Zema (Novo), affirmed, this Monday, 10, that the region of the canyons of Capitol, in the south of the state, will be subjected to a technical analysis by specialists with the objective of preventing new accidents and guaranteeing tourism with safety. On Saturday, the 8th, a slope collapsed and hit snacks that were sailing along the Furnas Lake, in a tragedy that resulted in the death of ten people. In a press conference, the manager also said that, depending on the intensity of the rains, access to the site may be prohibited. “If this collapse had happened at night, at another time, the situation would most likely be very different from the current one. [O desmoronamento] It’s something we don’t know [quando ocorrerá], it can happen every 100 years, 500 years, nobody knows. But we know, from now on, that it is a region subject to risk and that it will deserve technical analysis by geologists and people who can carry out an analysis and place an acceptable level of risk or not. Depending on whether heavy rains, such as at the moment, cause these rocks to break at certain times of the year, depending on the intensity of the rain, access to that region may not be allowed. We want to enable and we will enable tourism safely. It is possible, yes,” he declared.
“We have ships that go to the glaciers of Argentina, Chile, Antarctica, where there are much larger ice walls and they are at a safe distance. We want the entire region to continue to attract tourists, but from now on, additional care will be required and we will often, perhaps annually, have a risk analysis of that region, as we have seen that it is something that can happen again. What happened there is what often happens across Brazil: a rock rolls off a certain mountain, without predictability, hits a car, a truck, interrupts the track. We had the misfortune of hitting a speedboat, with 10 people, a fatality”, added the governor of Minas.
In this Monday’s press conference, Zema also said that the government is monitoring all dams in the state. On Sunday, the 9th, the municipal government of Pará de Minas and the Civil Defense issued a “higher alert” recommending that the residents of the city, Pitangui and Onça de Pitangui, who live below the Usina do Carioca, leave their homes immediately, due to the high risk of dam failure. “We have been monitoring all the dams together with the National Mining Agency. This dam, the information I have is that this morning the level was reduced by 30 centimeters. We continued with our monitoring, we followed the dams, the volume of rainfall was high and many dams started to have an additional volume.