Myanmar coal mining ‘causing environmental disasters’

Lack of regulation blamed for pollution in Shan State, where many Chinese companies are investing in hazardous mining.

Farmers in Myanmar’s Shan State say coal mining operations are causing widespread environmental damage.

Bordering China and Laos, Shan State is home to several ethnic groups and is only partly under the control of Myanmar’s government.

Activists warn that pollution levels are increasing as mining operations across the state continue to grow.


Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports.