SEEDS is responding to Cyclone Amphan in times of Covid-19!
On 20 May 2020, extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Cyclone Amphan’ made landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal in India. The intense packing winds of up to 190 kmph, rampaged through coastal areas of West Bengal and has caused extensive damage.
Over 5 lakh people were evacuated in the cyclone’s path, districts of with East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and Kolkata are worst-affected. Thousands of families are suffering through one of the most intense cyclones with coronavirus pandemic at the hindsight and require urgent humanitarian aid.
Cyclone shelters and evacuation centres are with limited access to food, safe drinking water and hygiene items. The frontline aid workers and volunteers need adequate PPE for safer response.
With extensive damage to houses rebuilding for the affected families begins from day 1. other issues are around immediate homes repair support, survival with food, safe drinking water, hygiene items, basic home utilities and medicine is the key.
Join hands with SEEDS as we reach out to the worst affected families, sowing the seeds of hope and renewal in their lives.
Ration Kit – Rs. 1000
To help feed a family of five with ration kit consisting of a wheat flour, rice, pulses, oil, spices, salt, soybean, sugar, tea leaf and milk powder.
Safe Drinking Water – Rs. 1000
To support one family with safe drinking water for a month through local water treatment.
Hygiene Kit – Rs. 1500
To ensure dignity for a family and protect it from coronavirus and poor sanitary conditions. It comprises reusable masks, toothbrushes and paste, towels, sanitary pads, nail cutter, bathing and washing soap, buckets and mug.
Home Utility Kit – Rs. 4000
To enable a family to cook and rest. It comprises plates, glasses, bowl, spoons, lighter; and bedding items like floor mat, bed sheet and solar lamp with USB charger.
Cyclone Amphan Updates
Communities evacuated and shifted to schools and cyclone shelters in
Bokkhali MPCS, South 24 Parganas.
Safety measures were assured due to COVID-19 and a hygienic environment was maintained
for the safety of communities
Hygienic and healthy food services were also ensured during the emergency in East Mednipur
Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall- Digha, Sankarpur, Tajpur, Mandarmoni regios of
East Mednipur District
Electric supplies were affected due to heavy rains and strong wind speeds. Families inside the
relief camp in Sarada village, East Mednipur District managed with candles and lanterns.
Damage scenario from Hinchi village of Desharan block of East Mednipur district was reported
Damage to property was witnessed in Kolkata main city
Damage to pucca houses were reported from Sarada village, Dulalpur gram panchayat in Contai
I block and Patashpur block III were reported
Damage in South 24 Paraganas district- Magrahat and Gosaba block
Intensive damage to homes were witnessed in Khejuri I block
People used tarpaulin sheets to cover their homes and fixing them temporarily in
Hinchi village in East Medinipur
Biodiversity and plantation was massively impacted!
Dipalidated condition of Barabantalia high school in Contai-Ii, Deshapran block
Damaged homes and property in North 24 Paraganas
Partially to fully damaged homes in Daryapur GP
SEEDS facilitated to 15 villages, around 7000 families with safe drinking water in
Sarada gram panchayat, East Medinipur.
50 years old Akash Das in East Medinipur district with 13 family members
continue to share space with the neighbours due to heavy damage!
Around 375 families live in Sarada village. Most of the houses are made
of mud and brick. 70 years old Pari Bera’s home was completely damaged.
Sheikh Semidullah, 28 year old labour from East Medinipur lost his home
and for the past two months, he has not worked due to COVID19 lockdown.
42 years old Saikat Kumar Paria is a school teacher and local leader in Deshapran Block,
East Medinipur. Saikat initiated for the damage assessment, including his own
home supporting the gram panchayat.
Nihari is a widow and has been living with her daughter and grandchild.
The family is living in the damaged hut shifted to a safe place where they feel
more secure. Hoping to build a bamboo shelter, she wants to secure
her daughter and grandchild!
Thousands of migrant workers like 26 years old Sheikh Abdul who managed
to come back home in the pandemic are now displaced by the climate disaster.
Over the years, 57 years old Sunder Manna had engaged in
various kinds of work and his priority is to finish the repair work
and hopes that lockdown will soon be over!
Nayan Gudia’s family is one of the worst affected in Gopal Chowk, Deshapran Block.
The mud and brick house could not withstand the intense wind pressure and collapsed.
Nearly 6 month’s ration, poultry and fish was lost. Banana trees, vegetables and
mango trees planted in the yard were affected!
SEEDS team on ground assessing stories and extent of damage across villages.
Deshapran Block of Purba Medinipur district- feed from local partner KJKS on ground!