Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jhar, India

What can you buy with two dollars? Given the constantly falling ruble, you still can’t really buy anything. But for the inhabitants of the Indian village of Jharia, who mine coal in a local mine, this is a daily wage, due to which they must feed the whole family.

Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jara, India

Coal fires in Jara

Jara, like the neighboring village of Bokapahari, is located on the territory of the largest coal reserves in India. Almost all the inhabitants of these villages work in the mines.

 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jar, India

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For over a hundred years, all the inhabitants of these villages have suffered from incessant coal fires. Fires rage below the earth's surface, releasing harmful gases that people inhale to the surface.

Gold for some, death for others: Jar coal fires, India

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 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jar, India

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Continuous coal mining and underground fires, which release sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons into the air, have polluted the local soil, water and air to such an extent that almost every inhabitant of nearby villages has serious illnesses.  

Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jar, India

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 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jar, India

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Coal is prone to self-ignition at relatively low temperatures. Fire can occur naturally or due to human error. And how do you think the fire in Jar started? Well, of course, because of the man! The first outbreak was caused by old abandoned mines that were not properly closed and treated after use.

 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jar, India

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 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jara, India

Coal fires, Jara. Photo 1

The main source of income for local residents is coal, and not mined for the company, but stolen. Most of the workers steal coal and sell it on the local market to earn some money.

 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jara, India

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 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jara, India

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In 1996, the Government of India launched a massive resettlement program for the villagers of Jara and Bokaphari. They were asked to move to the Belgaria region, eight kilometers from the mines. But most of the residents refused to move and a new home, since there are no schools, no medical institutions, no shops in Belgaria, and it is very far to get to their former place of work. Therefore, men, women and children still inhale the pungent fumes from coal fires to this day to provide the country with precious black fuel.

Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jhar, India

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 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jara, India

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 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jara, India

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 Gold for some, death for others: coal fires in Jara, India

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