Kevala and Lale
Gariya, Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Kevala Devi, age 35 and husband Lale Ram Yadom, age 40
Kevala has a lot of back pain and pain in her knees. She has joint pain and her body aches continue to get more painful.
The Singrauli district in the northeastern part of Madhya Pradesh and Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh was a forested region populated by farmers and laborers. A 2012 report by the Center for Science and Environment based in New Delhi sampled water, soil, cereals in the areas and villages around the reservoir. Most of the drinking water was found not suitable for drinking. A few of the towns that have water supplied by the companies or government are good. The results of the water, soil and fish sample testing indicate pollution due to mercury, arsenic, and fluoride. According to the UP government, of Sonbhadra's 600 villages, 250 have excessive fluoride in the ground water. 150 of these have levels much above what's permissible.