Yunnan Landslide Highlights the Devastation Wrought by Coal Mining

Abstract A Yunnan villager describes how the encroachment of coal mining has all but destroyed his village and caused almost irreparable environmental damage. It took the local authorities less than two days to decide that the landslide which killed 46 people in a remote Yunnan village on 11 January 2013 was a “natural disaster.”  None of the surviving villagers were convinced by this hasty conclusion however and 72 of them signed an open letter to the State Council in Beijing asking for a proper investigation that focused specifically on the role played by the nearby Gaopo coal mine. Many villagers believed the landslide had been caused by an explosion at the mine.
Date 2013 01 23
Publisher China Labour Bulletin
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2 Coal, 2.3 Coal and the Environment