Imagine walking around on a hot, humid summer day. You feel sweaty, tired, and dehydrated. Now imagine if you were unblocking sewers full of human excrement with your bare hands in such heat. Sewer cleaners in Walhe village of Maharashtra continue to work with human waste, refuse, and toxic fumes without life-saving equipment.
Sewage workers in India do not have boots, gloves, masks, or any other type of life-saving equipment at their disposal. They often plunge into 20 feet deep sewers beneath hot asphalt roads clad only in a loincloth. They struggle to breathe, and many asphyxiate due to the toxic fumes in the drains. This is the daily life of Dalit sewer cleaners across India.
IndiaUnheard Commmunity Correspondent Rohini Pawar films local sewer cleaners working in these deplorable conditions and highlights the lack of concern about sewer workers' health from the government.
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