Christians Come Under Attack in China

Members of a Christian house church in Linfen were violently attacked by local officials, the Toronto Star reports: As he lay there he could hear a man yelling, “Beat them. Beat them as hard as you like. I’ll take responsibility...

Chinese City Desperately Seeks Mayor

Ever since Mayor Liu Zhijie was forced to resign over the landslide at the Tashan iron ore mine which killed 300 miners in September 2008, the city of Linfen in Shanxi Province has been hard-pressed to find anyone willing to...

Huang Xiuli: A Reporter’s Diary of the Shanxi Landslide

A female reporter for the Chengdu Business News, Huang Xiuli, wrote about her heroic coverage of the Xiangfen landslide incident on her blog. Translated by CDT’s Linjun Fan: I got a late phone call from my boss on Sept....

North China Mud-rock Flow Death Toll Rises to 254

The death toll from the Shanxi landslide has jumped up to 254, according to Xinhua: According to initial calculation, direct economic losses of the accident would hit 9.18 million yuan (1.34 million U.S. dollars). More than...

13 Detained After Deadly Landslide in China

Heads are starting to roll for the deadly landslide in Shanxi, caused by iron ore waste from an illegal mine. Several hundred people may still be buried. From CNN: Witnesses said the deluge buried a village of more than 1,000...

China Landslide Kills 151, Hopes Fade for Missing

The AP has an update on the deadly landslide in Shanxi: A landslide that unleashed a three-story wave of mud and iron ore waste at an illegal mining operation in China has killed at least 151 people and authorities fear the...

China Landslide Kills 128, Hopes Fade for Missing (Updated)

The death toll from the landslide in Linfen, which was caused by a pile of illegally-maintained iron ore waste, is now 128 and expected to rise. From AP: Two thousand rescuers shoveled and hammered through the debris Wednesday...

Landslide in China Kills 34, Destroys Warehouse

AP is reporting that the landslide in Shanxi has killed 34 people, with numerous others still trapped: The flow of mud and rocks in Shanxi province in northern China on Monday also injured an additional 35 people, Xinhua News...

Prosecutors Name 19 In China Mine Blast That Killed 105 – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Nineteen people have been implicated in a coal mine gas blast that killed 105 miners and injured 18 in north China’s Shanxi Province earlier this month. Among them were the mine owners and managers. Procuratorates of Linfen City accused the 19 of illegal mining, illegal trade of dynamite, dereliction of duty and covering […]

Trapped China Miners Ate Paper, Belt To Survive – Reuters

From Reuters: Eleven Chinese miners trapped underground for nearly six days by a tunnel collapse ate paper and chewed on a boiled leather belt to stay alive, local media said on Monday. The miners were pulled out alive from the illegal iron and gold mine in northern China early on Sunday, the Beijing News said, […]

Rescuers Became Victims in China Mine Blast – AFP

AFP reports on another tragic twist in the most recent coal mine tragedy: At least 50 miners untrained in rescue work rushed into a Chinese coal mine in a futile bid to save colleagues stricken by a gas explosion, doubling the...

Updated: At Least 105 Miners Killed in China Mine Blast

Updated by Stephen McDonell from ABC News: Chinese police have detained two Chinese managers, as the number of people killed at their mine continues to rise. According to Chinese media reports, the managers at the Xinyao Mine...

The Cleanest Place on Earth – and the Dirtiest – Angela Palmer

Photographer Angela Palmer once had a dream in which she visited the most polluted and the cleanest cities on earth wearing white outfits which were then exhibited side by side. Determined to make the experience reality, she traveled to Linfen, China and Cape Grim, Tasmania, and writes about the experience in the Guardian: Research into […]

Linfen, The World’s Most Polluted City

The major mining city Linfen, Shaanxi, has been in the news lately, for a mining disaster and it’s other primary product: pollution. In February, the Globe and Mail posted an audio slideshow from Linfen, the world’s most polluted city. Watch and listen here. See also a Taiwan TV report on Linfen from earlier this year, […]

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