Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Jharia-Coal-Mine-Illegal-Pickers-27MZIFLW8ZGP.htmlConceptually similarChild Picker in Jharia Coal MineGP01KMPCompleted★★★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal Pickers GP01KNSCompleted★★★★Coal Picker in Jharia Coal MineGP01KM7Completed★★★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal PickerGP01KOECompleted★★★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal PickersGP01KOGCompleted★★★★Jharia Coal MineGP01KODCompleted★★★★Coal from Jharia Coal MineGP01KO4Completed★★★★Jharia Coal Mine WorkersGP01KLGCompleted★★★★Jharia Coal Mine WorkerGP01KONCompleted★★★★View AllGP01KNRJharia Coal Mine Illegal Pickersillegal coal pickers return at dawn from the Jharia coal mine almost empty handed due to vigilant security guards. This marks a day without coal and therefore a day without money and food. Jharia is one of the most important coal mines in India and one of the largest in Asia. Before coal was unearthed in this area, Jharia was a belt of dense forests inhabited by tribes. Thousands of poor, mostly unskilled, migrants from neighboring states have settled in Jharia over the years. Most of them collect coal illegally to pay for their two meals a day.Locations:Asia-India-Jharia-JharkhandDate:11 Oct, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:3504px X 2332pxRestrictions:No FundraisingKeywords:Baskets-Children-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Energy-Illegal-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Miners-Mining-Morning-Outdoors-Rajapur Coal Mine-WomenShoot:Jharia Coal Belt DocumentationJharia is one of the most important coal mines in India and one of the largest in Asia. Once a treasure trove of high-quality coking coal, uncontrollable fires have turned the mine and the surroundings into a slow-burning inferno. Before coal was unearthed in this area, Jharia was a belt of dense forests inhabited by tribes. Thousands of poor, mostly unskilled, migrants from neighboring states have settled in Jharia over the years. Most of them collect coal illegally to pay for their two meals a day. Ill health adds to the sense of despair in the area. Pollution invades everything - air, water and land. Smoke from the fires contains poisonous gases including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. These fumes, along with fine coal dust from the fires, causes several lung and skin diseases. The problem is made worse by the fact that most mine workers, including shovel drivers, do not wear masks, boots or overalls. It's no surprise that the most common diseases in this area are pneumoconiosis, tuberculosis, asthma and other chronic lung disorders. Not only miners but everyone living in the area is affected.