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Bad day? Think you’ve got a bad job? Paid just £3.50 and a bottle of beer a day the sewer divers nicknamed ‘The Untouchables’ manually unclog the cities drains in Delhi, India.
Wearing just underwear, protective clothing is not provided for these guys who spend all day wallowing in the filthy water.
According to the head of the Delhi cleaner’s commission, Harnam Singh admits that around 70% of the sewer divers actually die on the job. It’s estimated that over 60 divers have died in the last 6 months.
Banned in the 90s and now an illegal practice, government organisations still employ hundreds of people to manually unblock and clean the cities drains.
Poverty still remains prevalent in India, one of the world’s fastest growing economies. It’s estimated that nearly 50% of children suffer from malnutrition and according to data from the United Nations nearly 40% of people live below the country’s poverty line, surviving on under £2 a day.
Unfortunately their sewer network doesn’t look likely to receive any further investments or upgrades in the near future, especially when India’s PM recently announced that they will be spending over £50 million on their space program.