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Vale says Samarco restarts operations, five years after disaster

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA said on Wednesday its Samarco joint venture with BHP had begun the gradual restart of operations, after a deadly dam failure in 2015.

Vale said the operations had restarted at a production level of 7-8 million tonnes annually, or about 26% of Samarco's full capacity.

(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Leslie Adler)