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Cyclone AMPHAN-Help For Dry Food & Urgent Necessities
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A cyclone had ravaged parts of West Bengal and Odisha as the cyclone AMPHAN intensified into an "extremely severe" storm overnight.

The warnings by the weather department are divided into three categories. A "Yellow warning" or "Cyclone Alert" is issued at least 48 hours in advance of the expected commencement of adverse weather over the coastal areas.
A "Red Alert" or "post-landfall outlook" signifies likely direction of movement of the cyclone after its landfall and adverse weather likely to be experienced in the interior areas.
Odisha and Bengal have been put on a "Yellow" alert by the weather office.
In Odisha, 17 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were on duty. The state, which was hit by Cyclone Fani last year, had made arrangements to shift 11 lakh people from vulnerable areas.The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had enhanced its strength to a total of 37 teams, with the addition of 20 more, to combat the dual challenge of Cyclone Amphan and the Coronavirus pandemic. 37 teams were been deployed by NDRF in West Bengal and Odisha, out of which 20 teams were actively deployed and 17 were on standby in the two states.
The situation was critical in 12 coastal districts: Ganjam, Gajapti, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh.
AMPHAN was a CYCLONE with wind speed ranging from 200 kmph to 265 kmph over the sea. At the time of landfall on May 20 afternoon/evening, wind speed was 155-165 kmph gusting to 185kmph. Cyclone Amphan was likely to have a wind speed of up to 185 km per hour on Wednesday, the Union Home Ministry had updated.
This is for the first time that the Odisha is dealing with a pandemic and a natural disaster. As we had given more priority to Covid-19, we needed more buildings to be used as cyclone shelters. Ahead of Cyclone Amphan making landfall, Odisha had urged the Centre to temporarily suspend ‘Shramik Special’ trains passing through areas falling in the direction of the storm. The Odisha government also announced that it would shift migrant workers lodged in various quarantine canters near the coast to safer places.
As we are engaged in COVID-19 Relief and helping migrants we were facing financial issues to support the needy and vulnerable during this Cyclone. Last year during FANI we had engaged almost 40 volunteers in multiple locations starting from Cyclone. But most of our volunteers despite being fully trained under disaster management were working with different Quarantine Centers where migrants are staying. Still, we readied our selves with three disaster response teams who are trained under Civil defense. We targeted two Districts Jagatsingpur and Puri for almost 50,000 people are evacuated. These people have only KUCHCHA Houses and have life risks. We were also ready with disaster response tools like tree cutter, pump, emergency light, ropes, etc with our team for the quick response.

At present we need dry food, Polyethene, Infant/Baby food, Torch or emergency light or solar light, candle, Match-Box, drinking water, etc. as an urgent and immediate help at the affected locations.

Your donation will help survivors recover from one of the most severe cyclones Odisha has ever witnessed. We are there to do our bit and need you too, to make sure that people get the basic relief.I would like to inform that financial contributions are eligible for tax deduction under section 80G of Indian Income Tax Act. You are hereby requested to contribute generously for the noble cause. Article/item donation is also encouraged. Every penny, Every effort, Every Contribution Matters..

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