Receding lifeline

Living in our house and apartments in an urban jungle, we often discuss about survival which mostly means to us as our struggle to get better living & advancement in jobs. But just around 100 km s away from my home there lies Sunderbans the largest mangrove delta in the world, which is heavily affected of water rising in river and sea as a result of global warming and changing climate.

Survival to the people living in the coastal area of sunderbans means not knowing whether the thatch roof they are sleeping tonight will at all be there or not tomorrow. For them, survival means backing a step everyday to save themselves from the advancing river.

Riverbank erosion in Mousuni island of sunderbans is occurring at a rate of 1.02 km s per year as per various reports, wrecking havoc and claiming several houses and farmlands, here salinity ingress has rendered agricultural land uncultivated for years. Tidal flooding that occurs twice a month makes it even harder for the salinity level to come down, thus eventually forcing a farmer to take up fishing or migrating to other area as a daily unskilled labor to make a living.

Women, struggles to fetch drinking water for their families. The children are not sure how long they can continue study. They run for lives, holding the hands of their parents; many a times their other hands hold the torn pages of books. Such a life lives them lonely, strongly traumatized and shying away from life. Institutional negligence and human interference are adding on to the situation. 

 

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