Gariya, Sonbhadra, India. Group photo: Left to right, Chotki, age 45, Birbal, age 46, Ram Kumar, age 50, Bhadvat, age 55, Vishal, age 12, Lale Ram Yadom, age 40, Kevala Devi, age 35, Lal Babu, age 35, and Ramesh, age 32.
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. Water tested in this village had high levels of 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.