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Aila's terrible human toll in Sunderbans

June 4, 2009 17:13 IST

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Thousands of Villagers in Sunderbans have been displaced from their homes by a tidal wave caused by Cyclone Aila.


Image: Homeless villagers reach out for aid material in Khulna, Sunderbans
Photographs: Bijoy Chowdhury/India Blooms
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Cyclone Aila has hit parts of coastal Bangladesh and West Bengal, triggering tidal surges and floods and destroying thousands of homes.


Image: A child waits for aid in Khulna
Photographs: Bijoy Chowdhury/India Blooms
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The cyclone has claimed nearly 160 lives so far, and locals claim that the unofficial toll is much higher.


Image: A house destroyed by Cyclone Aila at Borotushkhali in Sunderbans
Photographs: Bijoy Chowdhury/India Blooms
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The cyclone has left over 200,000 homeless.


Image: Villagers sit amidst the remains of their homes in Borotushkhali
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In the aftermath of the disaster, a human tragedy is unfolding every moment.

Image: Villagers sit amidst the remains of their houses
Photographs: Bijoy Chowdhury/India Blooms
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Tardy relief machinery has failed to cover the remote villages where thousands now wait for dry food, water pouches and clothes.


Image: Villagers queue up for drinking water at Khulna in Sunderbans
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Hunger and water-borne diseases are claiming more victims in Sunderbans villages.


Image: Villagers in Khulna wait for the food packets
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Aid agencies and government officials say that over 50 lakh people are suffering in the region.


Image: Villagers queue up for drinking water at Sarbaria in Sunderbans
Photographs: Bijoy Chowdhury/India Blooms
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Cyclone Aila has hit one of the most underdeveloped areas in Bengal, where survival includes tacking extreme poverty and a regular onslaught of floods and Tiger attacks.


Image: A house destroyed by Cyclone Aila in Korakhati, Sunderbans
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On a visit to the cyclone-hit areas on Tuesday, Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was heckled and jeered at by the locals, who demanded to know what the Left Front government had done for the Sunderbans during its 32-year rule.

Image: Villagers sit amidst the remains of their homes in Borotushkhali
Photographs: Bijoy Chowdhury/India Blooms
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