Sibshankar Mal, Sunderbans, India

Sibshankar Mal carries a stone on his head to build the embankment foundations of a new sea defence wall, by the sea front on Sagar island. Hundreds of people were killed and more than 22,000 homes were ravaged when cyclone Aila struck the Bay of Bengal in May 2009. If the sea continues to rise these low lying island will be destroyed and the people of Sagar Island forced from their homes.

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Sibshankar Mal carries a stone on his head to build the embankment foundations of a new sea defence wall, by the sea front on Sagar island. Hundreds of people were killed and more than 22,000 homes were ravaged when cyclone Aila struck the Bay of Bengal in May 2009. If the sea continues to rise these low lying island will be destroyed and the people of Sagar Island forced from their homes.
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