A prolonged rainstorm in China’s Sichuan province has caused land- and mudslides, forcing some local hydropower plants and bitcoin miners to halt operations.
Among them, the Wenchuan county appears to have suffered the most. A China Daily report further said the mudflows have disrupted local power supply and communications infrastructure, and have also resulted in at least seven deaths.
Some mining facilities in Wenchuan have been destroyed, with bitcoin mining machines now being covered by mud, according to an on-site video clip shared with CoinDesk by one mining farm operator that did not want to be named. Mining pool Poolin also posted similar clips on Twitter.
2/2 clip of personnel digging out miners from the mud: pic.twitter.com/QebXEqBjrN
— Poolin (@officialpoolin) August 21, 2019
The mining operator added that the rainstorm has led to excessive levels of water in reservoirs used by local hydropower plants, forcing many stations in Aba to stop generating electricity and creating a power shortage that may affect mining farms in the short term.
For instance, Sichuan Minjiang, a hydro-energy company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, said in a statement on Wednesday that three of its power plants in the area have already halted operations, while another one is flooded with water.
It’s not clear at this stage how many bitcoin miners in total may have been affected as they are widely scattered.