Amphan is the strongest storm system ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal. Over 5,00,000 people have been moved to shelters and out of low lying areas. There will be a storm surge of over 4 meters at the landfall area which mean water levels will go by 4 meters in the delta and the Gangetic plains of Bengal like Sundarbans.
Extensive damage has happened to all types of kuchcha houses which are typically made of flimsy materials like mud and bamboo and even to old buildings. And with lockdown in place getting these repaired will be financially and logistically crippling.
Communications and power poles have been damaged, so are crops and plantations.https://youtu.be/Fv_btJ8AZl4
With the cyclonic storm, West Bengal is now facing two major issues – Amphan and the COVID-19 pandemic. In such a situation, the relief and rescue operations during the cyclone become tricky. Moreover, out of the three coastal districts, two are COVID-19 hotspots. An IE report quoted National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General S N Pradhan as saying that in order to practice social distancing to avoid the spread of coronavirus, the 100 cyclone relief shelters near the coastal districts will now be holding much less people than their usual capacity of 1,000 evacuees. But with around 5 lakhs evacuees in West Bengal, the social distancing norms are being almost impossible to follow.
For some areas at Sundarbans the flood centers are already used for migrant workers who returned during COVID. for these area the schools are used during cyclone to the people. Some where it is not possible to maintain social distancing but we are trying to ensure that people are using mask or cotton cloths.
Please help us help the people here to tide through this twin tragedy. They are living through a misery which many of us can't even imagine in our worst nightmares. Lack of food and basic hygiene conditions is going to uproot lives. Please help us in offering them some relief while they try to live through this disaster.