Update: Local residents and authorities angry after sinking of cattle carrier Haidar in Barcarena, Brazil (video)

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After the sinking of the livestock carrier Haidar on Tuesday (Oct 6), the 28 crew members of the vessel were brought in the custody of the Federal Police.

The beach of Conde in Barcarena, northeast of Pará, was barred for the public and any activities by the environmental authorities because of an oil spill, caused by the sinking of the Haidar.

According to the Companhia Docas do Pará (CDP), the vessel was carrying about 730 tons of fuel.

Buoys were laid out to contain the oil spill, which already causes a pollution on the Pará river. Oil could also reach other beaches.

The oil containment was not done effectively. The oil slick has already arrived in the region's beaches. Removal of the vessel was expected to be completed within 40 days.

On Wednesday (Oct 7) a meeting took place at Vila do Conde with local, state and federal authorities. Environmental authorities set up a plan that could reduce the environmental damage.

The superintendent of the Brazilian Institute of Environment (IBAMA) in Pará, Alex Lacerda, was upset because the companies responsible for transport and the animals have not taken any action to rescue the few animals that escaped alive.

The companies Minerva Foods, Serve Porte e Global Agência Marítima and Companhia de Docas do Pará have up to five days to provide an explanation.

According to the IBAMA, just over 100 oxen were rescued alive. Most drowned and many animals could not survive because they were trapped inside the holds of the ship.

Divers were called to Vila do Conde in order to assess the situation of the ship and study how the dead cattle may be removed. Some hours after the accident, dead animals began to drift onto the beach in Vila do Conde.

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Source: g1.globo.com Image: Reprodução/TV Liberal