The Aberfan disaster was the catastrophic collapse of a coal-mining
spoil tip that caused the deaths of 116 children and 28 adults on 21
October 1966. The tip had been created on a mountain slope above the
Welsh village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, and overlaid a natural
spring. Heavy rain led to a build-up of water within the tip which
caused it to suddenly slide downhill as a slurry, engulfing the local
junior school and other buildings. There were seven spoil tips on the
slopes above Aberfan; the one that slipped onto the village was 111 feet
(34 m) high. The tip was the responsibility of the National Coal Board
(NCB), and the subsequent inquiry placed the blame for the disaster on
the organisation and nine named employees. The organisation's chairman,
Lord Robens, was criticised for making misleading statements. Neither
the NCB nor any of its employees were prosecuted and the organisation
was not fined. Half of the village's surviving children suffered post-
traumatic stress disorder.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberfan_disaster>
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