Kushmatia Masomat is a 64-year-old widow living in a village in Bihar, India. She scrapes together a living as an agricultural labourer and looks after her four grandchildren while her son, also a labourer, travels to look for work. Kushmatia’s village floods every year. But this year is different. The water level rose suddenly, unexpectedly - and after nearly two months, it shows no sign of receding. Kushmatia and her grandchildren are now living by the roadside, with only the clothes on their backs. Kushmatia is worried. The fields are under water, so there is no work to be found. The family can’t get access to healthcare, and food supplies are running out. ‘If this situation continues for the next few days, we will begin to starve,’ she says.
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