Fires of Jharia spell death and disease for villagers

The inhabitants of a remote village at the heart of Indias coal industry brave deadly sinkholes and toxic gases simply to survive In the village of Liloripathra, in a remote corner of Indias eastern Jharkhand state, mother-of-three Sushila Devi grips the hands of two women sitting on either side of her. India, believes safety measures at the mines are in line with international standards. There are accidents and people have died also. But such types of incidents are reducing with each passing year. Our safety parameters can be compared with any other country, he says. Women scavenge for coal on one of Jharias many state-owned mines Back in Liloripathra, crowds have gathered around the vehicles that have pulled up outside …