“The impact of Amphan is worse than coronavirus,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal
May 21, 2020 – The most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in about 20 years has killed at least 84 people, damaged over half a million homes, and affected the lives of nearly 10 million people.
“I have never seen such a cyclone in my life. It seemed like the end of the world. All I could do was to pray … Almighty Allah saved us,” Azgar Ali, 49, a resident of Satkhira district on the Bangladesh coast told Reuters news agency. (Source: Al Jazeera)
Hundreds of thousands of people in eastern India and Bangladesh are left without homes, millions are still without electricity, and it is expected, unfortunately, that many will lose their livelihoods as entire croplands and fisheries were wiped out.
Millions of lives were saved due to a very quick evacuation – but all notions of physically distancing were virtually impossible, as millions of individuals are crammed into schools, government buildings and community halls. However, authorities used extra shelter space to reduce crowding, while making face masks compulsory and setting aside isolation rooms to do what they can to protect the victims from COVID-19.
Through our presence on the ground, you can help the millions affects by the cyclone by providing food and essential survival items. We will begin the distribution shortly.