"The earth is on fire"
In Jharia, India, the underground coal has been burning for more than 80 years – some say more than 100 years – and it is still burning. Actually, it has never been worse than now. The earth is literary on fire. Whole mountains are burning, houses disappear and people are dying.
Thousands of people are living on land that is in danger of collapsing due to the fire. The fumes from the fires are also a huge health hazard to the inhabitants. Here a guard in a coalmine lights up a cigarette, while his surroundings are covered in fumes from burning coal.