West Bengal Super Cyclone (Amphan) Relief Fund
The super cyclone Amphan, the biggest natural calamity to ever hit the State, tore through several districts on May 20, leaving a trail of death and enormous destruction. Originating in the Bay of Bengal, Amphan crashed upon the coastal belt of the State near Sagar Island at a speed of 155-165 km per hour, with gust wind speed going up to 185 km per hour, along with very heavy rain, and proceeded on a trail of devastation through Kolkata on its journey into Bangladesh.
As of May 22, at least 86 people were killed, lakhs of homesteads broken, thousands of trees uprooted, infrastructure damaged, agricultural land and crops destroyed, ruining the lives of lakhs of people who were already in the face of a major financial crisis due to the nationwide lockdown. According to preliminary estimates, around 10.5 lakh houses have been destroyed and more than 1.36 crore people have been badly hit. Overall, around 60 per cent of the people in the State have been affected by the cyclone. The death count may rise once the waters start receding.
According to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's initial estimate, the total damage caused by the cyclone is around Rs.1 lakh crore. She said Bengal had never seen a disaster of such magnitude. Calling it a ''bigger disaster'' than the COVID pandemic that is infecting thousands of people in the State, Mamata said ''area after area have been destroyed''. The worst-hit districts in the State are North and South 24 Paraganas, Kolkata, Hooghly, Purbo and Paschim Medinipur, and Howrah.
To assist relief and rehabilitation of people affected by Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal, Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association is organizing a fund raising Th fund will be disbursed to ''West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund'' to address the biggest need of restoring the infrastructure which is severely damaged by the cyclone. The fund can also be used to support other relief activities.
You can donate by mailing a check to Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association: West Bengal Super Cyclone (Amphan) Relief Fund