CBM alongside its long-standing partners Sundarban Social Development Centre (SSDC) and The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI) is ramping up relief efforts for those affected by Cyclone Amphan.
Cyclone Amphan made landfall on parts of India and Bangladesh on 20 May and wrecked deadly havoc, lashing coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. Nearly three million people were evacuated in the days leading up to the storm. Widespread destruction has been reported - electricity in the region is completely cut off, water sources are polluted, fields are destroyed, and many houses are badly damaged. Health services are also severely affected and currently not functioning. With many families made homeless by the storm and now temporarily seeking shelter in cyclone shelters, there is a high risk that COVID-19 infections will spread more in the coming days and weeks.
Our Relief Efforts
Our relief efforts specifically aim at restoring the lives of those affected by Cyclone Amphan, including that of people with disabilities as well as poor and marginalized people, members belonging to scheduled castes and tribes, women headed households, older people and pregnant and lactating mothers. Our project work will be implemented in 187 villages in the Parganas district, a region of severe and sweeping wreckage. Our humanitarian response will primarily focus on health, early recovery, food security and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).
People with disabilities and their communities will have access to:
- Appropriate medical and hygiene services (including sanitisation and hygiene kits, medical camps, psychosocial support)
- Food and non-food relief services (dry ration and food kits, tarpaulin, utensils, blankets etc)
- Livelihood activities to rebuild lives
- Opportunities to participate in district level government meetings to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities in the response plan.