Land and livelihood in Bihar’s West Champaran have been destroyed by continuous floods aggravated by Illegal sand mining. Flood affected families are yet to receive rehabilitation.
As the government works to keep tiger reserves free from all human activity, Adivasi communities living in reserve precincts struggle to survive.
The central government provides subsidies for micro-irrigation facilities, but the subsidy is not enough in the face of rising debt and the lack of awareness.
While floods in Bihar get some media attention, the effects on the agrarian community are far reaching and need sustainable solutions rather than immediate relief packages.
Sand mining in the rivers of West Champaran is causing unmitigated floods in the region, year after year. Why is the government not responding?
Floods are a common occurrence in West Champaran, Bihar, but the response mechanism is slow. Here’s how an agrarian community held the government to task.
Alarming groundwater arsenic levels are spelling a death sentence in Bihar. In West Champaran, where the arsenic levels are higher than the accepted levels, there is neither prevention or cure.
Owing to climate change and erratic rain cycles, farmers in Bihar’s West Champaran are reeling from the loss of crops to floods and droughts, and from the hefty debt that they are now entrapped in.