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India Floods: A Family’s Plight

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Flood family

Twenty-year-old Kasturi and her two daughters sit in a hut made of sticks and old saris in a tent camp near Rampurum, India. She and her husband and daughters fled severe flooding that struck the area in early October. Photo by Laura Sheahen/CRS

“The water rose from my feet to my waist in five minutes,” she says.

She is nine months pregnant, and does not know where she will go for the delivery. “I will probably have the baby here,” she says. Her daughters’ stomachs are distended; it is believed they may have worms.

Kasturi and her family, like many survivors, fled to higher ground and evacuation centers like railway platforms with only the clothes they were wearing.

Many of the people affected were lower-caste daily wage laborers who work in rice or cotton fields. The crops were destroyed by the flood, and there is no work for them now. Sacks of rice that some people had saved were also destroyed but mud and water, so the survivors have no food of their own.