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Destructive Illegal Tin Mining in Bangka Belitung

Monday, April 22, 2024

Illegal tin mining is rampant in the waters of Bangka Belitung. The environmental damage is much greater than investigators estimated.

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An aerial view shows wooden pontoons equipped to dredge the seabed for deposits of tin ore off the coast of Toboali, South Bangka Regency, Bangka Belitung Islands, May 1, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan . tempo : 172126550866.

TWO pontoons sailed into the middle of the sea off the coast of Rambak Beach, Sungailiat subdistrict, Bangka Regency, Bangka Belitung Islands. On Thursday morning, April 18, eight suction ships were already lined up on the horizon. Like on previous days, they were operating to suck tin materials from the sea, which for over a decade has become the production operation mining business permit (IUP-OP) area of Timah covering 9,919 hectares


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Sergio Maranda (Bangka Belitung) contributed to this article.

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