China’s coal hub broadens output freeze amid floods
372 NON-COAL, 60 COAL MINES, 14 FACTORIES SUSPEND OUTPUT PROVINCIAL GOVT EARMARKS $3.1 MN FOR DISASTER RELIEF
China broadened a production halt at mines and chemical factories in its top coal-producing province, after a week of torrential rain that ravaged the area.
Shanxi province suspended output at 60 coal mines, 372 non-coal mines and 14 dangerous chemical factories, the provincial government said in a statement published on its official Wechat account Saturday. Heavy rainfall earlier this week led to collapses and landslides in many cities in the province, causing fatalities, the government said, without providing further details.
The disaster prompted a response that also saw work at 1,035 construction sites halted and 166 scenic spots closed in the region, the statement showed. The latest suspension follows the Northern Chinese province’s production stoppage at 27 coal mines on October 4.
The halt in Shanxi adds fresh pressure on a nation already struggling with an energy shortage that has led to the rationing of electricity for factories and even caused blackouts in homes.
Shanxi’s provincial government also said on Saturday that it has earmarked 20 million yuan ($3.1 million) for disaster relief, and that it has distributed supplies including tents and quilts to support those affected.