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  • Children play in industrial waste, in Manali, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, on July 28, 2013.
    The industrial waste and domestic garbage is piled up and burnt in Manali, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, on July 28, 2013. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Manali is the most polluted area of Chennai.
    A woman hand picks the most “valuable” pieces of garbage to recycle and to sell it in Manali, Chennai, India, on July31, 2013.
    A woman hand picks the most “valuable” pieces of garbage to recycle and to sell it in Manali, Chennai, India, on July31, 2013.
    A man hand picks the most “valuable” pieces of garbage to recycle and to sell it in Manali, Chennai, India, on July31, 2013.
    A child hand picks the most “valuable” pieces of garbage to recycle and to sell it in Manali, Chennai, India, on July31, 2013.
    The industrial waste and domestic garbage is piled up and burnt in Manali, Chennai, India, on July 28, 2013. Despite the efforts of the Chennai Corporation the city suffers from the lack of solid waste management facilities. And the existing ones require installation of the recycling plants.
    A fleck of petrol in a body of water in Manali, Chennai, India, on July 28, 2013. This area is affected by the industrial activity and saturated by industries like petrochemicals, refineries, etc. The level of heavy metals and other chemicals is unreasonably high according to the article “Assessment of heavy metal contamination in soils around Manali industrial area, Chennai, southern India” ecrit par AK Krishna-PK Govil du National Geophysical Research Institute en 2007.
    A woman carries a trunk of a tree collected from the cleared area on East Coast Road, Chennai, India, on August 3, 2013. The booming urbanization “forces” people to cut the trees in order to build the luxury houses and hotels by the sea.
    A group of woodcutters clears an area on East Coast Road, Chennai, India, on August 3, 2013. The booming urbanization “forces” people to cut the trees in order to build luxury houses and hotels by the sea.
    A puddle of rain water mixed with garbage in Velachery, Chennai, India, on July 29, 2013. A sustainable urban drainage system is almost non-existent in Chennai.
    A woman brushes her teeth in a slum behind the City Center Shopping mall, Mylapore, Chennai, India, on August 5, 2013. There are very little studies about quality of water in Chennai, but the diseases due to poor water quality such as typhoid, e-coli, dysentery, etc, are still common in Chennai.
    The women collect water distributed by Chennai Metro Water in Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, on July 29, 2013. According to the Central Water Commission the drinking water deficit in state of Tamil Nadu is 11%. Partially it can be explained by poor water management. According to the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board, 80% of ground water resources are exhausted. City of Chennai brings water from Andra Pradesh, the neighboring state.
    The women collect water distributed by Chennai Metro Water in Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, on July 29, 2013. According to the Central Water Commission the drinking water deficit in state of Tamil Nadu is 11%. Partially it can be explained by poor water management. According to the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewage Board, 80% of ground water resources are exhausted. City of Chennai brings water from Andra Pradesh, the neighboring state.
    An elderly woman in front of her slum house in Mylapore, Chennai, India, on August 8, 2013. The environmental problems especially affect the most vulnerable part of the population.
    The workers in a small factory of the half-illegal industrial park for small businesses off Walltax Road, Park Town, Chennai, India, on September 10, 2013. There are hundred thousands of factories like this all over Chennai. There are no statistics, but they are clearly as dangerous for environment as for workers’ health.
    A worker in a small factory of the half-illegal industrial park for small businesses off Walltax Road, Park Town, Chennai, India, on September 10, 2013.
    A worker in front of a factory of the half-illegal industrial park for small businesses off Walltax Road, Park Town, Chennai, India, on September 10, 2014. Small scale industries flourish in Chennai. It is hard to control them, and they don’t follow the government environmental regulations.
    A worker smocks in a small factory of the half-illegal industrial park for small businesses off Walltax Road, Park Town, Chennai, India, on September 10, 2013.
    A worker in a small factory of the half-illegal industrial park for small businesses off Walltax Road, Park Town, Chennai, India, on September 10, 2013. There are hundred thousands of factories like this all over Chennai. There are no statistics, but they are clearly as dangerous for environment as for workers’ health.
    A worker pours chemicals in a tannery, in Tambaram, Chennai, India, on September 25, 2013. It’s one of the most toxic industries, which is abundantly present in Chennai. Many of them do not follow any environmental regulations.
    A worker recycles plastic barrel in Tambaram, Chennai, India, on September 25, 2013. The plastic barrels contained chemicals used for tanneries.
    A boy jumps over sewage water discharge in Adyar river, South Kesavaperumalpuram, Chennai, India, on September 11, 2013.
    A father carries his recovering from dengue fever daughter in the slum of South Kesavaperumalpuram, Chennai, India, on September 11, 2013. The environmental problems especially affect the most vulnerable part of the population.
    Children play in stagnant rain water in South Kesavaperumalpuram, Chennai, India, on September 11, 2013. A sustainable urban drainage system is almost non-existent in Chennai.
    A view from the Tondiarpet MTR station, Tondiarpet, Chennai, India, on October 24, 2014. The environmental problems especially affect the most vulnerable part of the population.
    A body of stagnant water in Kannagi Nagar, Chennai’s largest slum resettlement colony, Chennai, India, on October 30, 2013. Solid waste disposal into the waterways by the residents and drains filled with stagnant water lead to mosquito menace. According to Corporation of Chennai Chennai City has become an endemic area for mosquito born diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever. Nearly 70% of the malaria cases recorded in the State of Tamil Nadu is occurring in Chennai City.
    A woman receives a tuberculosis diagnose in the clinic of Government Stanley Hospital, Old Washermanpet, Chennai, India, on November 1, 2013. TB has been linked with environmental risk factors such as indoor air pollution, poor sanitary conditions, overcrowded living conditions,etc.
    A tuberculosis patient waits for his appointment in the clinic of Government Stanley Hospital, Old Washermanpet, Chennai, India, on November 1, 2013. The TB patients which need to be hospitalized are sent to Tambaram TB Sanatorium, Tambaram, Chennai.
    A tuberculosis patient in the clinic of Government Stanley Hospital, Old Washermanpet, Chennai, India, on November 1, 2013.