Basapat, age 65
Harhori village, near Gariya village, Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Basapat, age 65 noticed that her feet were turning in about 8 years ago and it has continued. Her knees hurt a lot and it is very difficult for her to walk. First, she started bending over and she had pain in her feet. Then gradually she was not able to straighten up and then her feet started to turn in. She just kept getting worse and did not know why. She went to the local doctors and they told her it was just normal body pain. They have the same source of water from the big damn. The water in this village is banned. Basapat has no money to seek other solutions. This area is now known as the “Energy Capital of India” because after large the coal deposits were found many thermal power stations opened. Chemical plants and other industrial operations also came to the area.