“At times of flooding we most often take shelter on a bamboo platform in our house,” says Joygan, “If we have to, we move to an embankment and live on the roadside. Mostly we can only eat rice with salt. Vegetables are almost impossible to manage.”
“This year I have planted the vegetables in plastic bags and pots. We have constructed several bamboo platforms around my house,” she continues. “When the next flood comes we will hang the vegetables from the platforms to save them from destruction.”
Joygan is proud of her well-decorated bamboo cabinet where dozens of potted herbs and vegetables grow. She has more than 50 plants of around 12 varieties, all pre-prepared to shift to higher ground. Pumpkin and cucumber vines meanwhile are grown on raised trellises. “This flood season our family will eat rice with vegetables,” she beams.