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UNDP in India partnership with the Government of Odisha clean out the poisonous water hyacinth

Puri :29/10/18:65-year-old, Hara Maharana picks spinach from a floating garden near her home in Totashi village in Odisha as her daughter-in-law Laxmi looks on. In an area full of water hyacinth, women are supplementing family income and nutrition through floating gardens.

Twice a month, 70 women volunteers clean out the poisonous water hyacinth that grows in water bodies in Jeypore village. During the bi-monthly cleaning of the pond, women form a chain to pull floating sections of water hyacinth prior to uprooting them.

Women have been hit hardest by the extreme weather conditions in Odisha, India. Many have to walk for long stretches in search of safe drinking water. Children are often ill with diarrhoea and skin infections resulting from waterlogging.

Since 2011, a UNDP in India partnership with the Government of Odisha, supported by the Australian Agency for International Development is enabling communities in Puri district to adapt to extreme weather events.

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