Coastal People: Not merely at mercy of nature
“Many are leaving this area and going someplace else to live. Their homes are submerged and they have no means of livelihood here. It is hard even to get drinking water sometimes.”
Gautam Das looks apprehensive as he says this standing by the Shakbaria river near Gatirgheri village in Khulna’s Koyra upazila.
Around 80 families of the village have been living on the embankment in the open, around six months after severe cyclonic storm Yaas breached parts of the embankment, flooding their village.
With their homes damaged and livestock washed away, many are now considering to leave everything behind and migrate elsewhere in search of livelihoods.