Unfortunately, our area of intervention was the hardest hit by the super cyclone Amphan last week. The fierce storm and winds have caused unprecedented damage in this economically fragile region. The region is yet to recover from the damage caused by Cyclones Aila, Fani, and Bulbul in the past. And now Cyclone Amphan’s fierce storm has left people stranded in the flooded zone.
Uprooted trees and electric poles have blocked pathways and left inhabitants stranded. They are stuck without electricity, drinking water, food or network connectivity, and have no access to bedding, clothing, utensils, cookware, footwear, or any other essentials. Over 40,000 kuccha houses and school buildings have been either severely damaged or completely devastated with shattered roofs and cracked walls.
Summer speciality fruits like mangoes, guavas, and lychees have also perished during the storm. Almost all households are hardly left a with any ration so the communities are now struggling to arrange two square meals a day. The supplies provided as a part of COVID-19 relief program has been washed away.
Villages are badly waterlogged making the distinction between the ponds and pathways difficult. Sadly, the third floor of our office building has been damaged. With damages to their personal property and lack of connectivity, our staff members in Baruipur have been directly affected. This situation has increased the vulnerability for young girls and volunteers helping with relief efforts, as their safety is compromised, putting them at a greater risk of being trafficked.
Without wasting any time, our team immediately started relief work by distributing dry food among the families who have been severely affected. We aim to mobilise funds and resources for providing ration, running community kitchens and rebuilding the houses of our people.
We feel that rebuilding homes is the urgent need of the hour. Bricks, bamboo in addition to mud walls and for roof, tiles made of clay or steel some of the dire needs for 800 houses. In addition to this, we aim to reach out to 2000 affected families with dry food, soaps and napkins.
A small contribution from your side will go a long way.