Video Volunteers community correspondent Soriya Banu reports from China Bazaar, a small village in West Bengal's Malda district, where more than 700 families have lost their house and land due to soil erosion. Situated close to the river Ganga, this village and its residents are now living under the open sky. Many elderly and children are starving as all their belongings have washed away. They had no time to react and grab the essentials, they say.
Locals allege that land erosion of China Bazaar started after the 1976 Farakka project was commissioned. Since then, as the environment degraded slowly, the river dissolved acres of land eating into the livelihood of the villagers.
The locals demand compensation for the loss of their land and of their complete rehabilitation.
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If not for the intervention by our community correspondent, the poor villagers would have continued paying taxes for a land they didn't own.