Kanak Das, Sundarbans, India

She will always remember the day when cyclone Aila ripped through the island in 2009. The whole of Sagar island was affected but worst hit and directly in its path were the people living close to the sea in the south west. Hundreds of people were killed and when the cyclone struck the Bay of Bengal in May 2009. Together with around hundred others Kanak Das is now hand building a 2 kilometre long sea defence wall to protect the island from tidal surges, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

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She will always remember the day when cyclone Aila ripped through the island in 2009. The whole of Sagar island was affected but worst hit and directly in its path were the people living close to the sea in the south west. Hundreds of people were killed and  when the cyclone struck the Bay of Bengal in May 2009. Together with around hundred others Kanak Das is now hand building a 2 kilometre long sea defence wall to protect the island from tidal surges, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
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