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Malda is the main town of the district of the same name of the Indian state of West Bengal. It lies 347 kilometres north of Kolkata, the state capital. It is famous for the production of Mango and Silk. Malda region is washed by the waves of the rivers Ganges , Mahananda, Fulahar and Kalindri. The Ganges and the Mahananda are often in spate during the Rainy Season and floods wide areas of the district. There is widespread erosion along the banks. Huge chunks of the banks are being swallowed by the rivers and many a village is now no more. This leads to great misery among the people. The government simply prevaricates. It is said by many experts that these rivers behave like these because of the huge Farakka Barrage built on the Ganges further north as per faulty blueprints.
The Mahananda runs by Malda town. It is fairly dry in winter. A large bridge is being built across it. Under one of its pylons where the water is very shallow, I saw this scene of unfortunate cohabitation of man and animal.
Cropped. Contrast pushed up a bit. Slightly saturated.

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