India to offer jobs to manual sand miners after deaths exposé

Authorities in western India have begun the process of offering alternative work to men risking their lives illegally mining sand, after an investigation in July uncovered at least two deaths in the past year.

The investigation revealed numerous unreported deaths in hotspots where about 75,000 men, many of India’s poorest areas, dive 40 feet (12 meters) into pitch black waters, clutching iron buckets to fill with sand.

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