Photographs by Bimal Acharya
Terai is a lowland region in southern Nepal and it is characterised by tall grasslands, scrub savannah, sal forests, and clay-rich swamps. In Nepal, the Terai stretches over 33,998.8 km2 (13,127.0 sq mi), about 23.1% of Nepal’s land area, and lies at an altitude of between 67 and 300 m (220 and 984 ft).
The terai is the most productive region in Nepal and agriculture is the basis of the economy. However, there are other sights to see. This picture story portrays fewer stories of few people living in the eastern terai region of Nepal.
On July 14, water level in Saptakoshi River recorded the highest of this monsoon. The water flow was measured at 9:15 pm and was 215,970 cusecs. Along with the rise in water and flow, 29 of the 52 flood gates at Koshi barrage was opened, while a red light was put on indicating a sign of danger. The red light of caution is put on after water flow crosses 150,000 cusecs.
Undervalued and ignored, wetlands are disappearing and drying up in Nepal – leaving the communities and wildlife that depend on them exposed in a changing climate
On July 3, two boys drowned in a river at Shivapur in Gauriganga Municipality-11 of Kailali district. Similarly, on July 14, a boy drowned in Jay Shree River at Gaidakot in Nawalparasi. Thank god, nothing happened to these guys, but it is our responsibility to take care of them.
Travelling on tractors has become risky to life. Two people died on the spot in a cement-loaded tractor accident that took place at Madi rural municipality-1, Dharwang in Rolpa district on August 1. On July 27, a man was killed when a tractor being used for ploughing a paddy field overturned at Chinnamasta Rular Municipality in Saptari district Friday. Similarly, a 12-year-old boy died after the tractor he was travelling on crashed in Tarakhola Rural Municipality-5 along the Tarakhola-Harichaur rural road of Baglung district on July 30. However, nothing happened to the people travelling in this tractor (pictured).
The number of women driving electric rickshaws in Terai region has recently increased, giving them a new avenue to become self-reliant. On an average, a hard working e-rickshaw driver earns Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 each day.
|About the photographer:
Bimal Acharya is a photography enthusiast, and for the past ten years, he has been working as a program coordinator at Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal (TPO Nepal), one of Nepal’s leading psychosocial organization. The organisation has been promoting psychosocial well-being and mental health of children and families in conflict-affected and other vulnerable communities. Acharya is also a co-founder of Offbeat Photography.