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Cyclone Aila
Opinion  /  Published 01.07.20

Shifting lives in the mangroves

Since 2007, the Bay of Bengal basin has seen at least 15 major cyclones, including Sidr in 2007, Aila in 2009, Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014, Bulbul in 2019 and Amphan this year. Amphan made landfal...
By Megnaa Mehtta & Debjani Bhattacharyya in

India  /  Published 22.05.20

Amphan considered more destructive than Aila: UN

Cyclone Amphan, which has killed 77 people and left thousands homeless in West Bengal, is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila which slammed southern Bangladesh and eastern India in ...
By PTI in United Nations

West Bengal  /  Published 20.05.20

Countless flattened homes

Cyclone Amphan was clocking 165kmph when it made landfall at Sagar Island at 2.35pm on Wednesday.It ripped through several south Bengal districts causing what Mamata Banerjee said were '10 to 12 death...
By Snehamoy Chakraborty, Subhasish Chaudhuri and Anshuman Phadikar in

People  /  Published 06.06.20

Eye on the storm

Every cyclone has its own symphony. Akul Biswas, a resident of Jharkhali gram panchayat in the Sunderbans, knows this eerie music by heart. Biswas is blind: glaucoma took his vision years ago. His ear...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

West Bengal  /  Published 28.12.19

What ails the tribals of Sunderbans?

An unusual ladies’ group discussion was in progress. Several tribal women between 18 and 80 years of age were gathered in a mud hut in Tipligheri village of the Sunderbans in West Bengal. They were ...
By Jayanta Basu in

India  /  Published 01.12.19

Why no one cares even if it’s ‘Aila plus Bulbul’

On Mousuni island, devastated by Cyclone Bulbul, a group of women gathers around this team of reporters. “We will take you where no one goes,” one of them says.We get off the raised mud road that ...
By Jayanta Basu in

West Bengal  /  Published 25.05.19

The river gives, the river takes

In tide country — the Sunderbans — the line separating land from water can blur, much like the border between fact and fiction. Nirmal, the idealist schoolteacher in The Hungry Tide, Amitav Ghosh...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

West Bengal  /  Published 27.07.19

How climate change is impacting the Sunderbans

This is a story of how data can bring to you a significant trend and yet tempt you into erroneous conclusions. Boys are dropping out of schools in the Sunderbans in distinct numbers. Girls are staying...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in


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