Tags / opencast mining
A coal seam fire rages in a state-run mine in Jharia.
Smoke comes out of a drain along the main road in Jharia, hinting at the alarming levels of underground fires in area. A few years ago, fires damaged the Jharia railway station, leading to its eventual closure.
People pilfer coal from state-run mines in Jharia.
A boy carrying a heavy load of coal over his head in Jharia. Many local children are forced to work pilfering coal from state-owned mines in the area.
Children play in the streets of Belgharia, a township that has been set to up accommodate residents of Jharia displaced by the fire.