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Hundreds of scavengers, including children, are sifting the garbage with their bare hands, exposing themselves daily to the disease that has wreaked havoc worldwide.

Jul 28, 2020 / 02:25 PM IST
Amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus, increasing amounts of biomedical waste have been arriving at a garbage dump area in India’s capital, New Delhi, a result of ongoing pandemic causing a huge risk for those who work there. (Image: Reuters)
Amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus, increasing amounts of biomedical waste have been arriving at a garbage dump area in New Delhi, a result of ongoing pandemic causing a huge risk for those who work there. (Image: Reuters)
Spread over 52 acres and rising more than 60 meters, the site is littered with used, plastic coronavirus test kits, protective gear and cotton stained with blood – among hundreds of tonnes of waste coming daily from across the state, including small hospitals and nursing homes. A disposed pair of protective eye glasses lie amongst other bits of waste at a landfill site, during the coronavirus, July 22. (Image: Reuters)
Spread over 52 acres and rising more than 60 metres, the site is littered with used, plastic coronavirus test kits, protective gear and cotton stained with blood – among hundreds of tonnes of waste coming daily from across the state, including small hospitals and nursing homes. A discarded pair of protective eyeglasses lie among other bits of waste at a landfill site in Delhi. (Image: Reuters)
Hundreds of scavengers, including children, are sifting the garbage with their bare hands, exposing themselves daily to the disease that has wreaked havoc worldwide. A young waste collector, waits for a truck to offload rubbish onto a landfill site, during the COVID-19, July 16. (Image: Reuters)
Hundreds of scavengers, including children, are sifting the garbage with their bare hands, exposing themselves daily to the disease that has wreaked havoc worldwide. (Above) A young waste collector waits for a truck to offload rubbish onto a landfill site. (Image: Reuters)
A waste collector walks over disposed medical waste bags inside a rubbish dump outside a hospital, during the coronavirus, July 17. (Image: Reuters)
A waste collector walks over medical waste bags inside a rubbish dump outside a hospital. (Image: Reuters)
Discarded syringes lie amongst other bits of disposed medical waste at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak, July 22. (Image: Reuters)
Discarded syringes lie amongst other bits of medical waste at a landfill site. (Image: Reuters)
Waste collectors look for recyclable materials near bags of disposed medical waste at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak in July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Waste collectors look for recyclable materials near bags of medical waste at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak. (Image: Reuters)
Mansoor Khan, 44, a waste collector, looks for recyclable materials at a landfill site, during the COVID-19 outbreak July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Mansoor Khan, a waste collector, looks for recyclable materials at a landfill site, during the COVID-19 outbreak July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Latifa Bibi, 38, who is married to Mansoor Khan, a waste collector, shields herself from the sun, under a blanket with other waste collectors, at a landfill site during the COVID-19, July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Latifa Bibi, who is married to Mansoor Khan, a waste collector, shields herself from the sun, under a blanket with other waste collectors, at a landfill site during the COVID-19, July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Latifa Bibi, 38, who is married to Mansoor Khan, a waste collector, looks for recyclable materials at a landfill site, during the coronavirus disease outbreak, July 16. (Image: Reuters)
Latifa Bibi, a waste collector, looks for recyclable materials at a landfill site. (Image: Reuters)
Waste collectors look for recyclable materials near bags of disposed medical waste at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak in July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Waste collectors look for recyclable materials near bags of medical waste at a landfill site. (Image: Reuters)
Mansoor Khan, 44, a waste collector, carries a sack of recyclable materials that he found at a landfill site, during the coronavirus, July 22. (Image: Reuters)
A waste collector carries a sack of recyclable materials that he found at a landfill site, during the coronavirus, July 22. (Image: Reuters)
Waste collectors look for recyclable materials at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak, July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Waste collectors look for recyclable materials at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak, July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Latifa Bibi, 38, helps her husband Mansoor Khan, 44, a waste collector, carrying a sack of recyclable materials that they found at a landfill site, after finishing work for the day, during the COVID-19, July 9. (Image: Reuters)
Latifa Bibi helps her husband Mansoor Khan carry a sack of recyclable materials that they found at a landfill site, after finishing work for the day. (Image: Reuters)
Mansoor Khan, 44, a waste collector, washes his trousers with water, after returning from work at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak, July 22. (Image: Reuters)
Mansoor Khan washes his trousers with water, after returning from work at a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak. (Image: Reuters)
Shoes belonging to Mansoor Khan, a waste collector, are left outside of his home, next to a landfill site, during the coronavirus outbreak, July 16. (Image: Reuters)
Shoes belonging to Mansoor Khan, a waste collector, are left outside of his home, next to a landfill site. (Image: Reuters)
Mansoor Khan, 44, who works as a waste collector, eats breakfast with his son Latif Khan, 11, outside their house which is next to a landfill site, during the COVID-19 outbreak, July 16. (Image: Reuters)
Mansoor Khan eats biscuits with his son outside their house which is next to a landfill site. (Image: Reuters)
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first published: Jul 28, 2020 02:25 pm

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