The Broken Land [Film] - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China

In the summer of 2016, parts of India experienced record drought as a result of consecutive failed monsoons.

Sean Gallagher travelled to the region of Marathwada, in the western state of Maharashtra, identified as the country’s worst affected area where up to 15,000 villages were believed to be without water.

This short film focuses on the personal stories of people from communities whose lives were being affected by the drought, documenting the long and dangerous journeys people are taking to find water, how the stresses placed on farmers are forcing many to suicide and the creation of environmental refugees who flee drought-stricken land for cities.

Global temperature records were broken each month in 2016 and India itself recorded its highest temperature of 51C. In conjunction with El Nino effects, this caused extreme environmental stresses in large parts of the country.

As global temperatures continue to rise, the record drought of 2016 is predicted to be a recurring event in a country that is struggling to adapt to a warming world.

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