Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Villager-with-Respiratory-Illness-27MZIFLW814B.htmlConceptually similarTB Affected ManGP01KMXCompleted★★★★Local Family in Jharia Coal MineGP01KNECompleted★★★★Man Affected by PneumoconiosisGP01KMZCompleted★★★★Man Affected by PneumoconiosisGP01KNICompleted★★★★Man Affected by PneumoconiosisGP01KNJCompleted★★★★Man Affected by PneumoconiosisGP01KNHCompleted★★★★Patient Examined by DoctorGP01KNDCompleted★★★★X-rays at HospitalGP01KNMCompleted★★★★A Sick Coal Worker in Jharia Coal MineGP01KLQCompleted★★★★View AllGP01KMYVillager with Respiratory IllnessShiva, an inhabitant of Bokapahadi village, in a health clinic for his TB (Tuberculosis) and other possible respiratory illnesses. Bokapahadi village is located in the danger zone of the Jharia coal mine belt and around 60% of the villagers suffer from respiratory problems caused by burning coal.Locations:Asia-India-Jharia-JharkhandDate:13 Oct, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:3504px X 2332pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Energy-Equipment-Health-Healthcare buildings-Indoors-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-One person-Rajapur Coal Mine-Rear viewShoot: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.