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The True Cost of Coal - Jharia Coal Mine, India

Posted: 10/04/11 05:55 PM ET

The Jharia coal mine in the Jharkhand State of India has been described as "hell on earth" for reasons made clear in the images below, but also because there has been underground coal fires burning here for nearly a century. Greenpeace was there recently to document the living and working conditions for the people of Jharia.

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Supura Devi, 32, takes her 10 month old baby to work in Jharia coal mine. Between breast feeds other elder children act as a child minder.

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