When the water chased people like a mad bull
• South 24 Paraganas, West Bengal

When the water chased people like a mad bull

In the Sundarbans in West Bengal, Cyclone Amphan came atop the Covid-19 lockdown. PARI visited the region and found widespread destruction of trees, houses and utilities – and of people’s already-frayed livelihoods

June 03, 2020 | Ritayan Mukherjee

Aure Palheri: broken bridge, drowning hopes

Residents of an isolated hamlet in Maharashtra's Shahapur taluka risk walking on a slippery wall every day in the monsoon to reach schools, work, clinics and markets, after the only bridge here collapsed in 2005

August 23, 2019 | Jyoti Shinoli

'What if the river gets angry again?'

On August 4, an overflowing Vaitarna river ravaged the homes of Katkari Adivasis in Maharashtra's Palghar district. The villagers are now anxious about depleting rations, uneven state support and another flood

August 16, 2019 | Jyoti Shinoli

Bhendavade battles Kolhapur flood fallout

At least 40 people have been killed across Kolhapur and Sangli districts of Maharashtra, over 400,000 evacuated to transit camps, and livestock and crop losses are huge but yet to be properly estimated

August 13, 2019 | Sanket Jain

‘It feels like the flood left mud in our mouths’

A downpour in August destroyed the cotton crop in the villages of Adilabad district. Many were first-time Dalit farmers with no insurance and heavy loans, now hoping for compensation and luck with the next crop

October 25, 2018 | Harinath Rao Nagulavancha

The bank that went under – almost

After the floods in Kerala, the clean up underway requires retrieving and rescuing countless thousands of valuable records and deeds, without which many activities could be paralysed for a long time

October 8, 2018 | P. Sainath

Kerala’s women farmers rise above the flood

Their determination outstrips the devastation. Savaged by the August floods, facing a looming drought, the women of Kudumbashree’s pathbreaking group farms are rebuilding, using solidarity as a strategy

September 24, 2018 | P. Sainath

‘The water began to rise slowly, slowly’

After the recent huge flood in Kerala, children at a relief camp in Alappuzha district were given pens, crayons and diaries to draw and write. Their pictures and words speak of their fears and prayers, of loss and relief

August 31, 2018 | V. Sasikumar

‘Our houses are vanishing. Nobody cares’
• South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

‘Our houses are vanishing. Nobody cares’

For decades, villagers from Ghoramara island in the Sundarbans have been migrating to Sagar island because the river and rain keep washing away their houses. They have received little help from the state

July 20, 2018 | Urvashi Sarkar
Polavaram’s dispossessed march with hope
• West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

Polavaram’s dispossessed march with hope

From July 10 to 16, a determined group of Adivasis marched from Cheeravalli village in West Godavari district to Eluru, protesting against the Polavaram project, which will displace and destroy their communities

July 19, 2018 | Rahul Maganti
Pydipaka families: and then there were ten
• West Godavari , Andhra Pradesh

Pydipaka families: and then there were ten

Hundreds of villages will vanish over time due to the Polavaram project on the Godavari. In Pydipaka, ten families are refusing to move, demanding from the state at least the legally mandated resettlement package

May 28, 2018 | Rahul Maganti
Floods by neglect, flooded by damage and debt
• West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh

Floods by neglect, flooded by damage and debt

The houses and crops of many Adivasi families in Itukulakota were damaged by flood waters from the Polavaram canal last October. They are still recovering, without any help from the government

May 16, 2018 | Rahul Maganti

‘Many families just vanished…’

Adivasi and OBC families thrown off their land for the Bhatsa irrigation project in Maharashtra’s Thane district still wait for justice almost half a century later

November 16, 2017 | Jyoti Shinoli

The bamboo-splitters of Dhubri

Mainuddin Pramanik of Kuntir island on the Brahmaputra in Assam comes to Dhubri town every day to work as a bamboo-splitter. But the trade is in decline and few other options are available to daily wage workers

October 23, 2017 | Ratna Bharali Talukdar
Unquiet on the riverfront
• Krishna, Andhra Pradesh

Unquiet on the riverfront

The fishing communities on the banks of the Krishna in Andhra Pradesh are being forced to leave their homes and livelihoods due to the state’s many riverside projects around Vijayawada and the 'new' Amaravati

October 18, 2017 | Rahul Maganti

Milk boats from the chars

For the people living on Chalakura island on the Brahmaputra in Assam, dairy farming is the only sustainable livelihood – but a withdrawal of state-subsidised cattle feed has increased the uncertainty of their lives

October 3, 2017 | Ratna Bharali Talukdar
Solar on the char
• Dhubri, Assam

Solar on the char

The three villages of Birsing char have got solar electricity in recent years, and it has transformed primary healthcare and other daily activities on these sandy shifting islands on the Brahmaputra in Assam

June 19, 2017 | Ratna Bharali Talukdar

When the river ate the school

The only school in Panikhaiti village on Sontali char in Assam has vanished into the Brahmaputra. Of its 198 students, just 85 continue to attend a makeshift school at headmaster Tariq Ali's residence

February 17, 2017 | Ratna Bharali Talukdar

From river to plate: the journey of the Sundarbans tiger prawn

For village women in the Sundarbans, collecting tiger prawn seedlings is unrewarding and unsavoury work – though the delicacy fetches high prices for others later along the supply chain

January 11, 2017 | Urvashi Sarkar

Struggles of the sandbar people

Hasan Ali is one of 2.4 million people who live on impermanent ‘chars’ or sandbars on the Brahmaputra – without basic necessities, frequently shifting home, their lives dictated by the flux of the mighty river

January 6, 2017 | Ratna Bharali Talukdar
Water come, water go
• Darbhanga, Bihar

Water come, water go

In north Bihar, people revered the monsoon and rivers, even though they caused floods on occasion. But now, Senu Devi says, the rising waters are a source of trouble

Nove,ber 8, 2016 | Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Living with floods
• Saharsa, Bihar

Living with floods

While farmers in many parts of the world are learning to manage with less water, Vinod Yadav and his neighbours in north Bihar are trying to farm in constant flood water

November 1, 2016 | Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Jahangir’s story
• Saharsa, Bihar

Jahangir’s story

In north Bihar, embankments built by the government along the turbulent Kosi have created conflict, aggravated floods and caused huge losses to the people living in Ghongepur and other villages

October 17, 2016 | Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Swimming to migrate in Odisha
• Jagatsinghpur, Odisha

Swimming to migrate in Odisha

In Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, buffaloes swim across the local river every day during the summer, seeking fresh pastures

October 2, 2015 | Dilip Mohanty

Mending boats with music
• Alappuzha, Kerala

Mending boats with music

In Alappuzha, Kerala, super-skilled labourers merge repair and rhythms at work

April 10,2016 | V. Sasikumar
A right to fish, a fight to live
• Twenty-four Parganas, West Bengal

A right to fish, a fight to live

“Why confiscate the canoes and hurt us in the stomach?"

March 12, 2015 | Urvashi Sarkar