A day in the life - flood refugees

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A day in the life - flood refugees
Challa kudlur (Karnataka):  Life has turned upside-down for the families displaced by the floods in Karnataka, but life still goes on. NDTV's Maya Sharma spent time with one such family in a village close to the Andhra Pradesh border to try and understand what they are dealing with.

Challa kudlur village is right next to the Tungabhadra river. And water from that river rose up and engulfed the entire village, destroying it. One of the residents of the village, Jalalappa, is a lecturer. He was living and working in a neighbouring taluk, but he has come home again to help out his parents in their new temporary home.

Jalalappa's family home has been demolished by three days of non-stop rain and a river that rose to cover it. And their daily routine is a casualty.

"After we get up, we take the water from the bore and take tea. We can't take any bath. I didn't take bath for four days - no water. After that we come from our shifted area to this place searching some things that we have lost," said Jalalappa.

There is precious little to salvage.

"We lost 120 bags of fertiliser and cooking materials, fans, cupboards," said Shanmugappa, Jalalappa's father.

There is only one borewell, supplying drinking water for the entire village, and there's a total absence of toilets and sanitation.

"I prepared some bathroom for my mother. There is no sanitation so that is very dangerous to our health," said Jalalappa.

Towards evening, the family gathers at their makeshift new home, but is still able to provide tea to their visitors.

They examine some relief material that has arrived. Food has been sent to them by a relative. And nights are spent in the open.

"Snakes come when we sleep here. That is very problematic to us. Mosquitoes are a problem. Water is stopping here and smell will come," said Jalalappa.

"I have a cough and cold and feel feverish," said Lakshmidevi, Jalalappa's mother.

After they finish their dinner, Jalalappa and his family will try and get whatever rest they can. Some will be sleeping in the shelter, some in the open air.

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