Inundated - Flood in Udaynarayanpur block, Howrah District | West Bengal India
Almost every year, people of West Bengal (India) face devastating floods. In between 8th to 10th August 2011, with no surprise; Damodar, Rupnarayan, Keleghai, Kangshabati and Silabati Rivers flooded 15 out of 19 districts of West Bengal. Udaynarayanpur block of Howrah district was one of the worst hit areas.
The state government has declared only one block of Howrah district-Udaynarayanpur as flood-hit zone on 14th August. Damodar River had breached the mud embankments at approximately five places near the Bakpota bridge and resulted in large scale inundation of Jangalpara, Tokapur and Korarpara areas. Approximately 15 people died in the flood in Udaynarayanpur alone, mostly from snake bites.
Local authorities succoured with a half packet of puffed rice for five heads. Hospital without doctors, broken roads, deficiency of drinking water, and no communication added to the misery. It seems that no panaceas can surmount this stalemate scenario. This photo-series is an attempt to give an insight into the flood victims' daily life and show how they still fight on and cultivate hope at a time when water snatches almost everything.
Photo documentary by Indian Photographer Sagnik Datta (Hits: 250535)
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