10 months ago
Dheknamari village in Sandeshkhali, North 24 Parganas, is located 65 km to the east of Kolkata. Our team visited the village on 27 May.
It has a population of around 10,000. As is common with villages in this area, most of the households have family members who work as labourers in Kolkata, thanks to which there was a stable income stream before the lockdown in Mar. Some households also supply fish to the city. However their savings dried up over the last two months, and now they don't have the means to repair their houses that were damaged by cyclone Amphan. A bit of relief in the form of regular supply of ration through the government public distribution system is in place.
We surveyed around 800 houses, and found about 80 to 100 of them to be damaged. This included structural damage as well as damaged roofs. Electricity has been absent for a week since the cyclone (and according to the people we talked to, it will take a few weeks to be restored). A number of families whose houses were completely destroyed took shelter in the local school building. But now as they look to go back to their normal lives, they need help with the money required to repair their houses.
With incomes yet to restart after the lockdown, things look bleak. And with the monsoon rains around the corner as well, they need urgent help. As we go ahead with help in the form of construction material, we need your support. encourage you to donate your time, effort and money towards Amphan relief. You may do so through any of our partner organisations, and we will ensure your contribution is utilised to its fullest.
Ground zero: Dheknamari, Sandeshkhali, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal
Ground team: Sufiyan, Aqtedar
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