The Sundarban deltas, over the years, has been experiencing the worst effects of climate change. With no long term solution in sight, the people residing in the delta are bearing the brunt of increasingly violent storms and devastating floods almost every year.
Lockdown restrictions, a raging pandemic and faced with periodic natural disasters, people in the Sunderbans are living on the margin, struggling to survive. 95% of the families in the area are dependent on agriculture and fishing for their livelihoods. Yaas cyclone has caused large-scale flooding and brought saline water far inland, causing severe damage to agricultural fields and contaminated potable water resources. The sea levels rose above the regular tides and completely inundated low lying areas.
Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity (PBKMS), a grassroots organisation established in 1987, mobilises agricultural workers in 12 districts of West Bengal. It has a membership of over 64,000 rural workers, most of whom are women. For the past year, the organization, along with its partner group Jana Sanghati Kendra, has been helping the people in the above-mentioned areas with dry food distribution and disaster relief. PBKMS has a strong community outreach, which has proven to be very advantageous during the various relief works initiated. This time we are turning our focus to short term relief in 4 blocks of North 24 Parganas (Hasnabad, Minakha, Sandeshkhali 1 and Sandeshkhali 2) and 10 blocks of South 24 Parganas (Gosaba, Basanti, Kultali, Patharpratima, Namkhana, Sagar, Joynagar 2, Kulpi, Kakdwip and Mathurapur 2); and also long term solutions to deal with the looming climate crisis.
Our relief work would involve:
- Providing chlorine and bleaching powder to clean waters sources and surroundings in 263 villages.
- Providing support through community kitchens to villagers involved in river embankment repairing, in 258 villages
- Mangrove restoration through plantation initiative in every area where embankments are being repaired.
- Providing 15,000 farmers with training and inputs to farm saline resistant paddy seeds
We request your generous support for these farmers to get back on their feet—and survive the aftermath of this devastating cyclone doubled because of the covid crisis.
*All donations are tax-exempt under 80G. Jana Sanghati Kendra will be providing the certificates to the donors.