"No water, no life." - Tashi Stobdan, resident of Kumik.
Waterless is a story about Kumik, a village located in the Zanskar Valley, India. For a thousand years, Kumik had a sustainable source of water, the glacier that ran down the mountain behind the village. The glacier has now completely retreated due to climate change. Kumik is now reliant on a spring that is recharged by snowmelt, which is also in decline, and faces perpetual drought conditions.
The community began an independent, slow, and planned relocation to the valley floor close to the Zanskar River to once again access reliable water. A canal, for $3000, was dug to bring “Lower Kumik” water from the river, which was initially successful. However, a lake outburst downstream washed away the canal. Ten families that moved were waterless once again and unable to afford to build another canal. Both villages are now resemble one another, water starved.
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