Jharia burning

Scavenged coal is filled into sacks for sale in the illegal market.

These underground fires first started in 1916 as a result of unscientific and ill-conceived mining practices. They could not be put out. They have been consuming coal at an approximate rate of 12 to 15mn tonnes a year. More than seven lakh villagers live in the middle of this ruthless inferno, which is possibly one of the world's largest environmental and human disaster. And yet, strangely, nobody cares.

Sindhuja is a freelance photojournalist, who documents human rights violation and environment sustainability issues to advocate for change.

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