WHY ISN’T EV­ERY­ONE BE­ING EVAC­U­ATED?

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In 2013, as the sink­hole sit­u­a­tion in Berezniki rapidly de­te­ri­o­rated, the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment de­cided to take ac­tion – and or­dered that the pop­u­la­tion be re­set­tled. To help in the ef­fort, Moscow pro­vided more than $900 mil­lion, but the money hasn’t been utilised ef­fi­ciently. A mere 68 sub-stan­dard houses were built, but the state com­mis­sion con­demned them as un­in­hab­it­able as they didn’t com­ply with Rus­sian build­ing reg­u­la­tions. To date, only 12,000 res­i­dents out of 150,000 have been evac­u­ated from their homes.

MAIN MIN­ING SHAFT IN BEREZNIKI

UN­DER­MINED CITY The met­ro­pol­i­tan area of Berezniki cov­ers al­most 21 square miles – the mine be­low it ex­tends into a large part of this area.

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