These are footprints of something ominous. Till date, the sea has ruthlessly engulfed 7 villages and is just waiting to devour the last little tokens of their existence. This is the story of Satabhaya under Rajnagar Block in Kendrapara district. Till date, the seven villages under Satabhaya cluster have fallen prey to the sea.
These ruins of the temple of the village goddess Maa Panchubarahi is the remaining testament of what all have been lost to the sea.
‘Satabhaya’ which translates to seven brothers was once made up of seven prosperous villages. However, rising sea levels have taken its toll on these coastal areas and engulfed almost all of these villages, forcing people to rehabilitate elsewhere.
Hundreds of houses, thousands of acres of farm land, temples and places of importance are gone. The ruin and debris strewn across the now barren coast are the remaining traces.
Not just Satabhaya, but the entire world is reeling under the effects of climate change. Satabhaya merely paints a picture of its horrors and the extent of destruction it might cause to humanity.
Published: Diptiranjita Patra
Last updated: 07 August 2021, 05:33 PM IST
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