On Wednesday 20th May,20, due to super cyclone AMPHAN, river Sapuran’s water flowed into the village through the breach and destroyed all fishery ponds, agricultural lands and grounded all houses with mud-walls or those with roofs made of tin, tiles and asbestos. Mud embankments caved in as if they were landslide-prone hills of soft clay. These horrific portraits of devastation seen in the aftermath of Amphan across villages at Raidighi block one of the deltaic islands in Sunderban region, point at a deeper rot than the nature’s wrath.
Three to four days after destruction villagers with the help of Mukti were busy repairing the pretentious mud wall they call embankments to stop the ingress of saltwater into their agricultural fields and ponds. The ingression of saltwater had rendered swathes farmland unsuitable for agriculture for the next several years. AMPHAN smashed 8-10 km. of the river bund.
About 15,000 – 16,000 villagers of 8 villages are affected by the destruction of the river bund such as Purba Sridharpur Paschim Para, Purba sridharpur Purbopara, Purba Sridharpur Sarkar para, Purba Sridharpur Samanta para, Nagendrapur Uttar para, Nagendrapur Dakshin Para and Domkal kheya ghat to Makbul Bazar Tank.
Under Mukti’s “Food for Work” project, 20 local women of Purba Sridharpur are working and another 200 will join them soon. Mukti is providing them grocery items such as Rice, Dal, Potatoes, Soap, Mustard Oil etc.
Mukti volunteers are working day and night to overcome the damage caused by AMPHAN.