India: Children of the Inferno
Reporter Aidan Hartley and director Edward Watts travel to the town of Jharia, eastern India, whose 85,000 inhabitants live in a hell on earth.
Coalfields beneath the town burn out of control: flames burst through the floors of houses, and sulphurous smoke chokes the streets. The fires exact a terrible human price as entire homes, and the people in them, are swallowed by the inferno.
"This week's programme reveals a vision of hell where the earth is literally on fire, as vast subterranean coal fires burn out of control beneath towns and villages"
"It is very easy for very important stories to go missing in a country as vast, populated, diverse and bewildering as India, but the one Aidan Hartley tells in this episode illuminates one of the most crucial."
- The Guardian