Seb Heseltine

India’s Burning Land

2016 will mark the 100th recorded year that underground fires have burnt through the mining district of Jharia, India. The fires have been caused by the improper practices of the coal mining corporations as they disregard safety protocols and regulations. Initially the fires were stabilised through sand slating but, as reports are now suggesting, this is no longer a viable possibility without the entire community of Jharia being evacuated. The mining corporations estimate that the number of families effected will be around 67,000. However, according to local protesters, this figure is closer to 100,000.

In the summer of 2015 I travelled to Jharia and spoke those effected to investigate the reality of what is happening there.

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