About 400 Adivasi families once lived near the Chaal coal mine but were forced out by blasting and water contamination.

The earth-shattering sound of dynamite welcomed us to the small village of Lath, which sits on the edge of an open-cast coal mine.

The 30 or so people gathered around the centre of the village didn’t flinch, though, not even the small children. They’ve become used to the sound of explosives blasting the earth open since India’s largest coal producer, South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), built the mine on their land in 2003. Read more