Villagers using handmade rafts to get around
By Syeda Shabana ParveenMidnapour East (West Bengal) [India], May 29 (ANI): Normal life was affected in many villages in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district after floodwaters entered homes in the wake of Cyclone Yaas.
Residents of Kuliahata village in East Midnapore now use small, handmade water rafts to get from their homes to the center of the district to buy basic necessities.
According to Jyotshna Maity, a resident of Kuliahata, whose father-in-law has kidney disease and needs regular dialysis, the living conditions are very unsanitary and the journey to the hospital is very problematic.
“Following the cyclone, there is a flood-like situation in several villages in East Midnapore. Kuliahata under Talgachria 2 is the completely submerged submarine. There is a rotten smell that makes villagers fear the possibility of other infections, ”she mentioned.
“We only have water rafts to get to our place because the whole plain is under water. My stepfather is on dialysis and it is very problematic for me to take him to the hospital. By using this raft, we manage to get out of the house because everything else is underwater, even the furniture, ”added Maity.
Another resident, Gautam, told ANI that staying in such a state is problematic for the villagers, but they have no choice.
“We moved to the shelters when the cyclone made landfall. After our return, we saw that there was nothing left. So we made little rafts. Now at least we can go into our homes to pick up things. Staying in this situation is very problematic but there are options, ”Gautam said.
The cyclone affected East Medinipur, West Medinipur, Bankura, South 24 Pargana and Jhargram districts in West Bengal and Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj in Odisha.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 10 million people were affected by the cyclone in the state and 3 lakh houses were damaged. (ANI)