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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Now Thats A Fire!

Xinjiang  Uygur China mapAccording to a report in ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Commission) there are several fires in Xinjiang one of which has been burning non stop for 30 years.

The fire in a coal mine started in 1975 and has consumed 20 million tonnes of the precious black mineral and belched countless tonnes of noxious fumes into the atmosphere.

The good news is that authorities have set themselves a target of having all fires extinguished by 2018.

Well that's a comfort at least.

"China tackles 30-year coal mine fire" RADIO AUSTRALIA 23/6/04. (23/6/04)