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Andra Pradesh11 days ago
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The island serves as the natural break water and protects the city of Kakinada from cyclones in the Bay of Bengal.
(Manorama Singh). In this settlement of 40-45 houses situated between the sea, people of the outside world are rarely visited. We are talking about Hope Island in Andhra, surrounded by the sea. The island serves as the natural break water and protects the city of Kakinada from cyclones in the Bay of Bengal. Storms that rise from the Bay of Bengal hit the island before, but none move from here. Fishermen are advised to shift but they never talk of leaving here.
There is neither health center nor ration shop here
There is no health center on the island or any emergency medicine. There is no shop for essential rations, for every need, from the smallest to the biggest, one has to travel from Kakinada for forty five minutes to an hour.
40-45 settlement of houses, never escaped, people are not afraid of storms
People living on the island say that they are not afraid of storms. Sridhar, the local journalist of HMTV, who has been going to Hope Island for the last 15 years, says that this claim of the people is not even wrong as no one has been killed here since any cyclone. Their houses are definitely damaged, but they do not use heavy materials to build houses, they make temporary houses.
Sridhar also says that due to these fishermen of Hope Island, the island is safe and protected at present. The island can be reached only by traveling 13 km from Kakinada coast via boat. People here travel by boat to Kakinada to take ration, clothes, etc.
Local fisherman Sati Babu said that fishermen here earn an average of 10 to 15 hajars in a month. Lockdown was very difficult, yet these people are happy, neither want to leave the island nor do any other work.
Now schools, polling stations are also here