Climate change & pollution threats to Sundarbans


Debi Miridha listens intently to our conversation with her neighbour Bhagirath Mandal as she unduly delays what she has come to do: freshen up at the pond next to Mandal’s house.

With a towel on her shoulder and one end of her saree wrapped around her head to avert the merciless sun, she is only too glad to interrupt with responses to our questions. What is otherwise an annoyance is now quite welcome since Mandal is not very forthcoming and never stops looking at us with suspicion, reports Economic Times.

To the unsuspecting urban eye, Miridha and Mandal’s village Dayapur in the Sundarbans, which is about a 100 km south of Kolkata, is idyllic, with its huts with thatched or tiled roofs, paddy fields and a languorous air, which has long been extinct in our cities. But appearances could not be more misleading. Dayapur is not connected to the electricity grid and a few houses make do with a small solar panel atop their roofs; there are very few sources of fresh water; and the vestiges of cyclone Aila are wherever you turn — six years after it ravaged the region — on the flaky walls and in the canal water, whose salinity increased after the cyclone.


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