On 25th May 2009, super cyclone Aila had wretched the coastal region in the state of West Bengal, India. The tidal surges triggered by Aila had flooded villages and submerged agricultural lands. The region had experienced several cyclones earlier but Aila had the exception as its aftermath still being witnessed today among the life of the people and in the affected areas. Earlier the land, used to facilitate agriculture through out the year , now turned into barren land with high salinity. Only in the monsoon period people can do harvesting. Its forced the farmers, doing harvesting over generations, turned into contract labours, for descent living. The resultant is the region is experiencing high population migrations. Even the fury of nature didn’t spare the school building which still, after 4 years submerged in water. Ponds earlier have the source of fish for food & drinking water, now they are dry. So during low tide, people collect snail from river banks. The local barrages once used to regulate the flow of water in the inland from the river, still submerged.
While documenting the aftermath effect of the cyclone Aila in the coastal region of the state of West Bengal, India, visiting many villages, the one thing is common that the Aila, had made a havoc impact in the life of the people. As these people of the affected areas are under continuous stress of the dreadful incident and worried about the future, as if something or bigger like this happened. The farmers turned into contract labours, family disintegrated because of migration, land lost is fertility, scarce of food and drinking water, made the people fragile.
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