CAN South Asia Quarterly Newsletter October-December 2021

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  • Charu Tiwari

    Charu Tiwari, an environmental activist, explains that the local water channel called Dosadka Gadhera at Bagwalipokhar village in Dwarahat block of Almora District is totally dry now. The District have rows of abundant houses due to migration made the villages termed as Ghost Villages of India. He said “There was a time some 20 years ago when this Dosadka Gadhera had so much water that we could not cross it. Up until even a decade ago, it had a good amount of water throughout the year. However, now, this channel only has water for a few days during the monsoon.”

  • Gitanjali Behera

    Gitanjali Behera of Bagapatia resettlement colony of Odisha India said “I have lost 5 acres of land to sea, and my joint family got separated as the government allocated separate plots for us. My land turned saline, and I could not take any crops on it. The situation is as bad here as it was in my village. I have lost my income, and a petty shop here is no good either”.

  • Nuhu Miah Sheikh

    “Not long ago I was able to give Zakat (charity) to poor people but the riverbank erosion disaster has now left me so helpless that it is I who has to depend on charity from others for survival.” Nuhu Miah Sheikh, Riverbank Erosion Victim from Naria Bangladesh

  • Minara Begum

    “We were sleeping, we did not know when the house started crumbling into the river. Before we knew it, we were floating in the water and then we got caught in a fishing net. We were rescued by the fishermen of Naria.” Minara Begum on Riverbank Erosion from Naria in Bangladesh

  • Kabita Maity

    “Considering pre and post marriage, the current one is my fifth house as the rest have been consumed by sea … even here, the sea is gradually coming closer, and high tide completely inundates my home. We will have to stay here till the sea forces us out, as we do not have resources to buy land and resettle inwards,” Kabita Maity from Dhablaton, Sagar Island, India – victim due to sea level rise.