Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan was a powerful and deadly tropical cyclone that caused widespread damage in East India and Bangladesh in May 2020. It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Gangetic Delta since Sidr of the 2007 season and the first super cyclonic storm to occur in the Bay of Bengal since the 1999 Odisha cyclone. Amphan is only the second super cyclone to form over the Bay of Bengal in two decades. More than 700,000 people were evacuated across India and at least 80,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
The West Bengal state government estimated that the storm caused at least ₹1 trillion (US$13.2 billion) in damage and directly affected 70 percent of the state’s population. Amphan is also the costliest cyclone ever recorded in the North Indian Ocean, surpassing the record held by Cyclone Nargis of 2008.
Amphan made landfall between West Bengal, India and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) on Wednesday 20 May as category 3 storm bringing strong winds up to 185 km/h and heavy rain, damaging houses, crops and cutting power supplies to cities and towns already struggling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. At least 99 people have been reported killed in West Bengal. More than three million people have been evacuated to emergency shelters. West Bengal was worst hit by Amphan , not only it lost 99 precious lives but entire state witnessed unspeakable amount of damages to properties, crops , downed electric/telephone lines, overturned cars ,uncountable no. of trees uprooted. Most of those who died were hit by falling trees or debris or got electrocuted by the downed electric lines. Most areas remained without electricity and communication network and blocked roads limiting a rapid response. The entire state of West Bengal (including City Of Joy – Kolkata) came to a standstill aftermath of Amphan and took days to come to normalcy!
Better technology and government preparation have been able to significantly reduce casualties otherwise it could have been even much worse.
The timely release of relief fund of ₹1,000 crore and ₹500 crore to West Bengal and Odisha, respectively, by National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) has helped in initial relief effort.
We all know this is an unprecedented time when we are all fighting Pandemic globally but Amphan meted extra ordinary woes and sufferings to people of West Bengal.
We as Punascha Community want to rise to the occasion and trying to mobilize whatever additional help/donations we can collect for those affected people. Your generous contribution provides relief to survivors of Cyclone Amphan and works with the underserved communities as they rebuild their lives.
We are working directly with several NGO’s in West Bengal to provide faster relief to impacted people on the ground. The funds that Punascha drive collects will be donated to NGOs who are doing frontline relief/rehabilitation work and we will ensure that funds reaches to those who needs it most. We will keep each of you updated on the progress, fund collected and utilized via regular email communication.
With your contribution, we’ll be able to help those are in need and mitigate their sufferings. Your generosity and support is an encouraging reminder how we as a Community LOVE and CARE each other during adversity and prosperity alike.