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Amphan: The Name of Devastation
|by Rita Dey|
The author witnesses how small non government organisations are helping the needy in Sunderbans after Amphan.
The super cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal, India at the time while the whole country is reeling under COVID 19 and the return of migrant workers was creating further stress and tension to the economy of the State. Amphan devastated the Sunderbans and its ecosystem. The people were rendered land less, homeless, food less and almost overnight they became paupers. Like COVOD 19, Amphan spared none in the Sunderbans.
Aboho with its limited resources provided the villagers with dry food, medicines, milk, tents, tarpaulins, potable water, soap and clothes. It worked painstakingly through the local clubs and field level opinion leaders and based themselves in the villages to hand over the provisions directly. It has again begun collecting resources with more vigour to expand its reach and rehabilitate and resettle more villages in Patharpratima.
It reflects how, in West Bengal almost unknown small community based organisations like Aaboho, a grass roots group; Paschim Radhanagar Sundarban Jana Sramajibi Manch, a community organization works with fisher folk and the forest dependent people across the Sundarbans; and Sundarban Parjatan Pariseba Samabay Samity Ltd, a Cooperative Society Ltd) are striving to provide necessary relief to the people. These organisations run on small budgets with low overhead costs and move quickly to the disaster hit areas.
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