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Inside India’s coal country

Akshat Rathi
The Dipka Extension mine near Hardi Bazar in Korba, Chhattisgarh, India.

In Korba, coal is everywhere—even in the air. We arrived in the city by train in mid-September, which is typically close to the end of the monsoon season in this part of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. But the deluge hadn’t abated yet. Instead, we were warned that rainfall had picked up in recent weeks.…


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