Xinmin Weekly - November 9, 2011
Due to over 60 years of unrestricted heavy mining, Shanxi Province, which boasts China’s biggest known coal reserves, has been gradually hollowed out, with related geological disasters such as subsidence and sinkholes causing death and damage in rural communities. Hundreds of villagers have been forced to move out of their homes into abandoned brick kilns or temporary government housing far from their fields. Worse still, many of these “new houses” are in fact built on unstable land, and fail to conform to national safety standards. All the while, unrestricted mining continues unabated.
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