WHY ISN’T EVERYONE BEING EVACUATED?
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.