The hills of eastern Nepal are trapped between the snow-clad Himalayas and the roaring rivers that cut through deep gorges below. Villages here have faced a severe water crisis in the past few years. Springs are drying up across Nepal and elsewhere in the region. There’s a complex set of reasons: rampant development and poor road construction, the encroachment of ponds that used to recharge the springs and changing rainfall patterns due to changing climate.
As the situation has worsened, people have migrated toward the riverbanks in search of a more reliable source of water. The villages of Puranogaun and Nibhare in eastern Nepal’s Khotang district are nearly empty. Most households have moved down to the banks of the Sapsu and Koshi rivers, an hour’s drive down the mountain. This film by Ramesh Bhushal and Nabin Baral tells the painful story of those forced to leave their homes.