Letter From The Sundarbans

Plight of India's pandemic 'tiger widows'

Families lose their breadwinners after returning migrants risk fishing in mangroves for survival

Widow Bina Mondal, who works as a daily wage worker on Satjelia island to support herself and her two daughters, is contemplating working in Kolkata. ST PHOTO: DEBARSHI DASGUPTA
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SATJELIA AND BALI ISLANDS (The Sundarbans) - Mr Sasanka Mondal feared that death would strike him down with a constricting hold on his lungs, leaving him gasping in his final moments.

If not Covid-19, he worried, then hunger would kill him, clawing tortuously at his entrails.

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