Rural and coastal communities in West Bengal and Odisha have already been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and ensuing Government lockdown. Now another existential threat ravaged the region in the form of Cyclone Amphan – one of the strongest cyclones to hit the subcontinent in recent times. NEARLY 30 MILLION people are expected to have been affected by this cyclone. The impact of Amphan has been amplified due to the COVID-19 lockdown, with many families unable to evacuate in advance and crucial relief efforts delayed.
Please help Asha support Amphan + COVID-19 relief and rehabilitation efforts for our affected projects at this critical time. Your donation directly helps our projects provide relief and rehabilitation support to these local communities facing devastation.
Antyodoy – KSSK
Antyodoy Anath Ashram, an orphanage located in the village of Paunshi in East Midnapore, was severely affected Cyclone Amphan on Wed. 20th May 2020. As a result, the ashram suffered extensive damage that is affecting its livelihood directly. The following information is known to us from communication with our project partner. The storm has caused massive destruction to the village. Many houses have been destroyed. Trees and electric poles have fallen or been damaged leaving the place without electricity. Antyodoy’s own source of continuous electric power were the solar panels on the roof, which have been blown away, and the solar street lights have gone. Trees have uprooted, and fallen on structures such as the asbestos roof, the water tanker, the water pipeline, and the fencing around the ashram, causing wide spread destruction. Most of the doors and windows are smashed. Since the lockdown imposed by the central government, one major source of food was their own vegetable garden, and poultry farm. Both have been destroyed. The ponds have flooded and their fishery rooms, diesel engines, and aerators have been damaged beyond repair.
The Ashram has been working relentlessly to provide for their residents, and locals who have been severely affected. They have opened a relief center and community kitchen. The stored rice and grocery will last for 15 days. As their drinking water facility have been destroyed, they are purchasing water at higher prices. They have rented a generator for the present time that is providing electricity during the evenings. They are also working to keep their surrounding clean to keep mosquitoes, and infections at bay.
All of this is in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, and onset of the monsoon season. They have run an effort for local collection and support, and obtained some donation. However, they are in need of immediate help to get back to normalcy.