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How many disasters will Runa bear?

The lockdown has been hard on Ghorai and her community

Coronavirus | migrant workers | Lockdown

Geetanjali Krishna 

Geetanjali Krishna

Sometime ago, a conversation with Manu Gupta and Anshu Sharma, co-founders of SEEDS, the NGO that develops disaster resilience in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities, got me thinking. The last few months have once again made it amply clear that we as a country aren’t prepared for any, let alone multiple, disasters. And without disaster-resilient civic infrastructure, how is the general populace expected to be atmanirbhar or self-reliant? I spoke with Runa Ghorai of Biramput village in West Bengal’s Medinipur district to find out. Ghorai and her family sell fish for a living and are reeling from the twin impacts of the Covid-19 and cyclone Amphan, one of the worst to make landfall in their part of the world.



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First Published: Fri, June 12 2020. 23:19 IST