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Why Parts of China Are Sinking

By Xu Luyi and Wang Xintong
2023年11月10日 19:35
Poor construction planning and excessive groundwater extraction are the primary causes of land subsidence, which has struck in dozens of cities across the country
Workers assess the degree of land subsidence damage at residential buildings located in the Tianjin Country Garden community on June 7. Photo: Niu Mujiangqu/Caixin

It wasn’t until this past June that most people in Tianjin realized that the northern Chinese port city was sinking.

On May 31, fissures appeared on a road in Tianjin’s Jinnan district. Several residential buildings in the surrounding neighborhood had also started to lean, with water seeping through cracks in the walls. Over the next few days, nearly 4,000 residents had to be relocated, local media reported.

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