In this week’s issue, Ian Johnson writes about Handan, one of the ten most polluted cities in China: (http://nyr.kr/17W9JhL)
Handan is situated in Hebei Province, which accounts for ten per cent of the world’s output of steel. “On bad days, you cannot see the other side of a four-lane road,” Johnson writes. “Earlier this year, a factory leaked a toxic chemical in to the Zhuozhang River, which feeds the city’s reservoir. The river turned brown, dead fish were found floating on the surface, and city’s water was cut off overnight.”
The photographer Sim Chi Yin travelled to Handan to document the pollution. A look at the photos: http://nyr.kr/17W9Ny2
Photograph by Sim Chi Yin/VII.