On 20th May 2020, Super cyclone “Amphan” made landfall in West Bengal and Odisha. Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan was a powerful and deadly tropical cyclone that caused widespread damage in Eastern India, specifically West Bengal. Heavy rains and high velocity winds left a trail of destruction of mud houses and embankments and whipping up a storm surge along the coast. A lot of houses have been damaged and lot of trees were uprooted.
It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Ganges Delta and the first super cyclonic storm to occur in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. It was also the 3rd Super Cyclone that hit West Bengal since 1582, after 1737 and 1833, causing over US$13 billion of damage. Amphan is also the costliest cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean.
Although the extent of fatalities was less than initially feared, the cyclone’s effects were nonetheless widespread and deadly. West Bengal, the epicenter of the cyclone’s landfall, saw the most widespread damage from Amphan. The storm was considered the strongest to hit the region in over a decade. At least 86 people died in West Bengal; most of the fatalities were due to electrocution or the collapse of homes.
At this time of crisis, many people from Kolkata and South Bengal are also deeply affected. Due to lockdown, all the shops and small businesses are closed. Moreover, now due to the cyclone, they are facing a lot of difficulties. The impact of Cyclone Amphan on West Bengal has been worse than the coronavirus pandemic. Many of their houses were damaged. They have suffered from a huge loss and there is no way for them to support their families during this time.
Response by Anugraha Foundation:
Anugraha Foundation exists to provide the poor and needy with equal opportunities in the society. Keeping the present scenario in mind, Anugraha Foundation committed themselves to help a few families who are suffering from Kolkata and the suburban area. By the help of the sponsors, Anugraha Foundation was able to help 15 families. We provided dry ration such as, rice, dal, oil, soyabean, soap etc.