The Wretched Spawn

Workers boil “paving asphalt” to mix with concrete – needed for blacktopping roads – at Sitapaila, located a few kilometers south of the capital Kathmandu.

Imagine having to work one’s ass off while breathing and swallowing chunks of smoke coming from boiling black tar! The smoke engulfing the workers is literally the deadliest form of Carbon Mono Oxide – we “normal” guys won’t even last 10 seconds in it.

Plus, they mainly use tyres and rubbers while buring the materials, adding agony to their already wretched “breathing” circumstance.

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Paving-asphalt (known as alkatra locally):
A dark brown/black sticky residue, derived from the refining of crude oil; used as the binder in asphaltic concrete while blacktopping pitch-roads.

Alkatra

Alkatra

Alkatra

Alkatra

Alkatra

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