Leading rights group Amnesty International has welcomed a decision by Mozambique’s government to suspend the activities of a Chinese company which it had accused of irresponsible mining.
Haiyu had put an entire village in Nampula province at risk of being washed into the Indian Ocean, Amnesty said.
The mining of sand dunes for various minerals altered the landscape so severely that this likely caused the flash floods in 2015 which destroyed almost 50 homes, the rights group added.
The Chinese government had previously dismissed Amnesty’s claims.
The company is suspended pending an environmental impact study.