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The most beautiful home site

This is one of the most beautiful home sites I have ever seen. A perfect view of the Himalayas rising over yellow terraced fields of mustard. Sitting alone on this beautiful plot of land will be a single house, our ninth in Batwadi Sonar. It’s owners will be the Singh family, Lakhpat, his wife Manju Devi, their daughter Annu (13), and son Rohit (11). I wish that were the whole story.

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The pink staircase in photo below is all that is left of their 5 room house in Chandrapuri. To the left in the photo is a brick building with a stripe of green painted across the top. They are temporarily living there in several small rooms. Since there are no cracks in the walls, it is considered safe. I have my doubts. Actually, there are many families still living in areas like this, within feet of the crumbling slope to the riverbed.

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The Singh’s home was not near the river. There were actually 2 or 3 more rows of homes between them and the water. All are swept away. 44 homes and 2 schools were destroyed in this 1/4 mile stretch of Chandripuri.

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Lakhpat used to go out for work, but now, without a home, he is supporting his family with a small produce stand on the main road.

-Scotti

 

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