Zhao Picheng’s home in Shuimotou village has been ruined by the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant, Shuozhou, Shanxi province. Continued leakage from the plant’s coal ash pond has raised groundwater levels, flooding cellars in the village. Extended soaking ...

Photo | 2010-09-17

Zhao Picheng’s home in Shuimotou village has been ruined by the Shentou Number 2 Power Plant, Shuozhou, Shanxi province. Continued leakage from the plant’s coal ash pond has raised groundwater levels, flooding cellars in the village. Extended soaking in the excess water has also deformed housing foundations, causing the buildings to develop cracks or even collapse. After a large part of his roof fell off, Zhao Picheng and his family had no choice but to move. A thick layer of coal ash has settled on the abandoned bed.

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