The coastal front of West Bengal, the once mighty Sundarbans, has been taking the worst hit of seasonal cyclones for years. YAAS was no different. The eastern islands have been devastated by turbulent, saline waters of the Bay and thousands are stranded with no access to fresh water, shelter or food. The lands are flooded and there is acute shortage of drinking water and food.
A short video on the current situation:
Around 1500 families in Kumirmari (a remote island of the Delta) are left with nothing but despair, with no shelter or food. 80% of the island is underwater. Most of the embankment establishments on Pathor-Protima are gone with the tides, with families living on any dry patches accessible.
The funds generated by your contribution will provide food to 500 people in immediate need, ones who had no time to prepare for the storm before it hit, towards sustaining around 1500 families who have been displaced by the cyclone and providing drinking water to places inaccessible without a boat.
Rations for a week for 500 individuals will include:
- Mustard Oil
Barely an year after Amphan, with farmers still recovering from previous loss, amidst the second surge of Covid, most of the Delta is drowning. It usually takes years for farmers to financially recover from a seasonal cyclone; but due to severe climate change, the frequency of consecutive cyclones has gone up several folds. At this point, they are more concerned about their families surviving from hunger and thirst, than recovering their economic losses.
Last year, we had raised similar funds on the after effects of cyclone Amphan in these places. You can see, in update section of the fundraiser, how efficiently the funds were utilized for restoration and sustenance of the Delta.Link for previous fundraiser: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-sgea-2