In the year 2020 the people of Sunderban experienced a number of hazards. The Covid-19 pandemic was first confirmed in the Indian state of West Bengal on 17 March 2020, then super cyclone Amphan on 20th May. Villagers of Sunderban have seen so many destruction within 2-3 months. Covid-19 snatched their livelihood by shutting down businesses and limiting mobility; villagers don’t have the option of moving to other places in search of work and the impact of Amphan was devastating for the millions who live in the Sundarbans. Mud homes were swept away, embankments were destroyed and farms were inundated by saline water that made them unfit for cultivation.
Despite such life threatening issues, Sunderban villagers just started to stand up again and just by then they were again hit by a severe flood. Their situation is like “The steep blow on the die”. The heavy rainfall along with the spring tide has flushed the saline water again by breaking the river embankments into their land.
Area wise destruction report
|Length of River Embankment||Houses||Farming Land (Bigha)||Betel
|Patharpratima||G Plot||Govardhanpur||300 meter||62||300||7||250|
|Durbachoti||Paschim Surendranagar||9 meter||X||500||7||300|
|Kultali||Bhubaneswari||Halder Gheri||500 meter||X||1,000||X||200|
|Bhubaneswari||Paschim Debipur||200 meter||X||350||X||100|
|Deul Bari||Kaatamari||400 meter||80||550||X||100|
|4 Blocks||10 GPs||13 villages||5259 meter||959||3830||63||2480|
For the sake of their survival the villagers stand together to fight their regrettable fate. They did not wait for anyone’s help and reconstructed the river embankment by their own.
They appealed for the assistance of Mukti. Mukti decided to feed them for the days they worked. Mukti SHG members of Canning Block arranged meal for the workers. They prepared food for around 40 people (including the workers and the cooks). Rice, daal and soybean curry was served. Mukti fed those warriors for 5 days. In future also Mukti will stand beside them.
Mukti appreciated their attempts and hard work. The activities of Mukti encouraged them to serve the society to the best of their capacity.