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Coal-Caked Home Shows Danger of Vietnam’s Cheap Power

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Coal miner Pham Van Tuyen and his family escaped through a window as slurry-filled floodwaters inundated their home in northeastern Vietnam last month. After surviving Quang Ninh province’s heaviest rains in four decades, the Tuyens still face lingering danger.

Seventeen people died in the flood in late July and toxic run-off from an open-pit mine left a trail of contamination, from streams near Tuyen’s home to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, a Unesco World Heritage site whose islets attract more than 1 million visitors a year.