Cyclone Amphan made landfall near Sagar Island West Bengal on 20th May with speed touching 185 kmph, claiming lives of over 80 people in West Bengal. While thousands of affected families are suffering through the aftermath of the most intense cyclones, the risk of spreading coronavirus is looming large. Basis the first level need-assessment by the team, humanitarian organization SEEDS appeals for support to “build back better” with West Bengal through its Cyclone Amphan response in the times of COVID-19.
SEEDS had already deployed about 300 volunteers in West Bengal for evacuation ever since cyclone warnings were released, facilitating timely evacuations of communities at extreme risk. With local partners and its vast network of volunteers, the team is proactively reaching out to the people who are already struggling to sustain their lives during COVID-19. SEEDS also set up a control room headquartered in Delhi to monitor activities done by the team on-ground at regular intervals.
Dr. Manu Gupta, co-founder, SEEDS, said, “We are committed to reach out to the maximum number of people with help for their immediate needs and appeal for optimum support from corporates, institutions and HNIs.”
Dr. Anshu Sharma, co-founder, SEEDS, said, “In this hour of crisis, our utmost mission is to reach out to the unseen most vulnerable families. The communities at this time are most vulnerable to the aftermath of cyclone Amphan and COVID-19. Our team is working relentlessly to analyse the long-term needs of the affected and how effectively they can be helped despite the ongoing pandemic.’
The cyclone has extensively damaged kutcha houses and breached the embankments in the low lying areas. As per the immediate challenges faced by the people, SEEDS is reaching out with dry ration, safe drinking water support, family utility kits and hygiene kits. The frontline aid workers and volunteers are struggling to provide PPE kits for a safer response.
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