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Disasters

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  • During the night of April 18 the city of Kushva in Russia’s Sverdlovsk Region suffered a catastrophic sewage leak. The immediate cause was the effects of the spring thaw, although residents have since been quick to accuse the local water company of negligence in allowing the pipes to degrade.
  • Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim Mining Corp. on April 1 took the next step in its arbitration case against the Salvadoran government for halting the company’s work on the El Dorado gold mining project.