Ground collapses undermine N China village

Rubble buries a house in Pangpangta village, Lvliang city, North China’s Shanxi province, Aug 15, 2011. Due to long-term exploitation by a local coal mining company, the village suffered a massive house collapse this summer and people were forced to move into cave dwellings that have been deserted for over ten years. About 60 makeshift houses have been built near the village by the mining company and local government. But villagers worry they are still in danger living within the mined-out area. [Photo/CFP]

A villager fails to dig out his motorcycle buried by rubble from his collapsed house in Pangpangta village, Aug 15, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

 

A villager strides over a crack in the earth in front of a house in Pangpangta village, Aug 15, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

 

Qin Yongming, a villager in Pangpangta village, tries to salvage belongings buried in a collapsed house, Aug 15, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

Cracks begin around a row of makeshift houses built by local government and a coal mining company in Pangpangta village, Aug 15, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

 

Cracks begin at a makeshift house built by local government and a coal mining company in Pangpangta village, Aug 15, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

 

Gao Yanzhao, 66, moves from his home after its stability is threatened by the activities of a mining company in his village, Aug 15, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

 

Cracks begin in the home of Gao Yanzhao, a 66-year-old man in Pangpangta village, Aug 15, 2011. [Photo/CFP]

Leave a Reply