Photographer's Note

The catastrophe of Sgorigrad is one of the worst disaster caused by the failure of tailings dams worldwide. On 1st May 1966 the failure of the tailings dam of the zinc and lead mine called Mir, uphill of the village of Sgorigrad, gave rise to a 450 000 cub. m mud flow which ran for a distance of 6 km as far as the town of Vratza and caused the loss of 488 lives, as well as vast material and environmental destruction.

The first information on the Mir mine goes back to Thracian times.

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