30 November 2021
Ananea: a significant mine waste failure in Peru
On 26 November 2021 a significant landslide occurred in mine waste near to the town on Ananea in Peru. I will say from the start that I am finding it extremely difficult to piece this event together as there is a wide range of conflicting information and images. I am unsure as to whether this was a single event or a series of related failures, and I am unsure as to the level of damage. Unfortunately at present there is no good satellite imagery.
I would welcome any insight that anyone can provide.
I’ll try to set out what I do know. The official COEN-INDICI (Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional) Twitter site confirms that an event occurred on that date:-
El 26/11 se produjo un #Deslizamiento que causó daños a viviendas y carretera en el distrito Ananea, provincia San Antonio de Putina (Puno). Autoridades locales evacuaron a las personas afectadas y coordinan su reubicación. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/gEqFENttIr
— COEN – INDECI (@COENPeru) November 29, 2021
The translation is: On 11/26 there was a #landslide that caused damage to homes and roads in the Ananea district, San Antonio de Putina province (Puno). Local authorities evacuated the affected people and are coordinating their relocation.
The photograph shows the aftermath of a large landslide. There is also a set of images on the Sin Fronteras website, with a set of photographs. The text says:
ANANEA. IN THE CHAOS! THE OVERFLOW OF THE MINING TAILINGS FROM A SEDIMENTATION POOL HAS LEFT THE ANANEA DISTRICT, IN THE SAN ANTONIO DE PUTINA PROVINCE, WITH THE STREETS FLOODED WITH MUD AND IMPASSABLE, SO THE RESIDENTS ASK THAT IT BE DECLARED IN EMERGENCY.
The overflow occurred yesterday at 8:30 in the morning, apparently from one of the sedimentation ponds of the San Antonio mining cooperative, located on the Q’oñiunu hill.
The collapse of the highly toxic material would have occurred due to the alleged negligence in the management and control of the mining waste pools; irresponsible work of some cooperatives.
It also includes some images, but I cannot figure out how they all fit together:-
The image above is consistent with that tweeted by COEN. However, another image appears to show a different site altogether:-
There are also some videos of a flood event circulating, such as this one on Tic Toc, and this one on Twitter:
Desastre ambiental en mina de #LaRinconada en #Ananea #Puno. Dirá algo la Primera Ministro o su chamba es solo destruir valor bursátil de empresas mineras formales.
Esta es la minería que Contaminación, esta es la minería que apoya #Castillo #Cerron #Vasquez y #Mendoza pic.twitter.com/QnQOk5cQKF
— ★Luis Romero★ (@luroel) November 29, 2021
But again I am unsure as to whether this is the same event.
Can anyone shed any more light on this event, or set of events?