On 26 May 2021, a severe cyclone named 'Yaas' made landfall at the coastal area of West Bengal (India), with heavy rains and a wind speed of 140 kmph, leaving a trail of destruction in the vast area of the district of South 24 Parganas. It mainly affected Sagar Island, renowned for the sacred Kapil Muni Temple and the legendary Gangasagar fair. The cyclone has affected thousands of people there, seriously disrupted communications, leveled thousands of homes, destroyed paddy crops, and swept away livestock. More than 300 villages have been affected, and about 25,000 people have been displaced across 700 relief camps. Relief camps cannot reach many villages where the roads are completely destroyed. Those villages do not even have drinking water as it is completely flooded by saline water. Humans and castles in those areas are totally clueless. Landfall of Yaas cyclone
Ground zero pic of Chemaguri- Dilapidated mud house, very common in Sagar Island
Ground zero pic- vast areas are still waterlogged
Ground zero pic- People are trying to find last traces of belongings from the ruins
Ground zero pic- Roads have been washed away
Ground zero pic- Water sources and veris (water bodies for fish cultivation) have been submerged in saline water
Ground zero pic- Fight back have been started
Cyclone Fani and Bulbul in 2019, Covid-19 in 2020, Amphan in 2020, COVID-19 2nd wave in 2021, and now Yaas cyclone in 2021; those ill-fated people are struggling since 2019 because of unforeseen natural calamities. The second wave of COVID-19 impacted almost 50% of the households and villagers are still struggling to save their lives from the pandemic, but now the Yaas calamity has increased their worries. They once again need our support to survive these twin tragedies of the nature.We are a collective of civil society actors who believe in last-mile delivery and are enthusiastically planning to reach those people in need at Chemagari, a severely affected coastal village in Sagar Island, on 24 June 2021. We firmly believe that together we can make a big difference. If anyone feels the need to render our helping hand towards our communities, please support us in this campaign.The funds raised here will be used to distribute 300 relief kits to 300 worst-affected families. Each relief kit costs Rs 2000 which contains-
★Basic Rations, such as rice, dal, muri, oil, salt, sugar, potatoes, onions, spices, chide, glucose, etc.
★Tarpaulin for home repairs (if required)
★Drinking-Water (25 ltr jar)
★Household essentials for the monsoon, such as mosquito nets, repellants
★Sanitary pads for women and diapers for infants
★COVID protection materials, such as masks, sanitisers, etc.
★Study materials for the students, i.e. pen, pencil, eraser, exercise books, scale, bag etc.(as required)
With your support, we hope to help cyclone-affected areas of West Bengal and the island areas back on their feet in no time.
Who We Are:
We are a collective of civil society actors who believe in last-mile delivery and are dedicated to serving disadvantaged people in India's suburban towns. Since 2017 have been working at Memari, a municipality in Purba Burdwan District of West Bengal State. Our recent efforts have been documented on Facebook (Link:https://www.facebook.com/parashpathor.memari/). After registering Under GoI (Registration No: 250/2020), we focus on expanding our operation to other small towns in West Bengal.