Amphan Diaries, 12th June

Most people, who have been affected by the cyclone in Swarupnagar have thanked the community-based organisations for their help and support in providing relief and rebuilding materials

1) Most people, who have been affected by the cyclone in Swarupnagar have thanked the community-based organisations for their help and support in providing relief and rebuilding materials, reports Mohidul Islam, a social worker at Gokulpur Seba Sadan, a community-based organisation. “The people have gained a lot of trust and faith in the relief work of community-based organisations and NGOs, knowing that they are always with them.”
This comes after the fact that the Block office in Swarupnagar struggled to provide help to the victims, owing to political pressure by the panchayat members, who have favoured people with their political affiliations while distributing relief.

2) Police cooperation while distributing relief has been extremely impressive, says Mangal Chandra Bagchi, a social worker. He states, “Some police stations like that of Amdanga police station, Deganga police station and Ashokenagar police station have travelled to the houses of the cyclone-affected victims and distributed relief to them.

3) The lockdown induced by COVID-19 and subsequently the trauma caused by the Amphan cyclone had destroyed the spirits of the people who have suffered destruction. But Jinnatun Nahar, a social worker at Seth Bagan Mahila Sangha, a community-based organisation, reports that as the cyclone-affected victims have been receiving relief and support and with time having passed by, they have started rebuilding not just their houses, but their spirits and confidence. “Some of them have said that they have to rebuild all that has been broken and fight out of this,” she said.

By | Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 | |

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