A rural community living near a mine in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan has lost its supply of clean drinking water, with local rice crops spoiled by mining operations near their homes and fields, villagers said on Wednesday, claiming they have been beaten for protesting against the water supply blockage.
“The rice we grew was covered in black specks after it came out,” a resident of Luobu township near Yunnan’s Shaotong city surnamed Wu told RFA’s Cantonese Service.
“The yield had gone down to 500 or 600 jin of rice per mu [550-650 pounds per one-sixth acre], on land that used to produce 800 or 900 jin per mu [900-1,000 pounds per one-sixth acre],” Wu said.
“We have [asked the mine management for compensation], but they just told us to leave our details…. They clearly don’t take this seriously. We’ve heard nothing since.” ….(…)