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Gariya Block is located 10 kms away from Anpara. Records maintained by its Pradhan (elected head) show that as many as 33 deaths were registered in 2016 alone. On testing samples at a recognised laboratory at Ahmedabad, the Gram Panchayat found that not a single water source was uncontaminated. This is accepted by the Jal Board (Department of Water) too. Yet, the official cause of death of 22-year-old Raju from Bicchi Village of the same block was 'an acute stomach ailment'.

“We are realising that this is all happening due to water - it is the fluoride that is polluting us. They tell us not to drink from the well, not to drink from the hand pump. So where should we drink water from? My whole family, our two kids have become handicapped. We have become disabled, both my wife and I, and our spines have bent. Our bodies have no life, no strength, no power at all.”
-— Laleram Yadav, Gariah, 10 kms away from Anpara Thermal Power Plant.
LEFT: LALERAM YADAV’ S WIFE AND SON, GARIYA                                            
RIGHT:  ASH SLURRY

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Gariya Block is located 10 kms away from Anpara. Records maintained by its Pradhan (elected head) show that as many as 33 deaths were registered in 2016 alone. On testing samples at a recognised laboratory at Ahmedabad, the Gram Panchayat found that not a single water source was uncontaminated. This is accepted by the Jal Board (Department of Water) too. Yet, the official cause of death of 22-year-old Raju from Bicchi Village of the same block was 'an acute stomach ailment'.<br />
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“We are realising that this is all happening due to water - it is the fluoride that is polluting us. They tell us not to drink from the well, not to drink from the hand pump. So where should we drink water from? My whole family, our two kids have become handicapped. We have become disabled, both my wife and I, and our spines have bent. Our bodies have no life, no strength, no power at all.”<br />
-— Laleram Yadav, Gariah, 10 kms away from Anpara Thermal Power Plant.<br />
LEFT: LALERAM YADAV’ S WIFE AND SON, GARIYA                                             <br />
RIGHT:  ASH SLURRY