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Daily updates from Amphan relief work: July 6-10

In this running post, we will give you an update of the activities being undertaken by each of AID’s grassroots partners in West Bengal for Amphan relief and rehabilitation.

 

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July 9: We have an update from AID’s partner Mukti, which is a non-profit socio-economic developmental organization based in the Sundarbans that has been working for the development of most vulnerable and marginalized communities in the region for the last 15 years. In recent weeks, Mukti has assisted women’s self help groups supported by the Multi Community Development Fund (MCDF) at G-Plot under Patharprotima block by providing them daily essentials. Mukti has distributed sanitary products for women’s hygiene at Raidighi, Radhakantapur and Patharprotima, fought hunger at Gosaba block by providing groceries to 94 families, distributed seeds, and helped prepare lands for farmers at Nagendrapur and Kankandighi gram panchayat.

Furthermore, Mukti has organized community kitchens at Krishnachandrapur, and distributed children care kits at Raidighi. Mukti has also been working on dewatering saline water from the ponds in 7 villages of Nagendrapur and Kankandighi panchayat area.

 

8 July: Today’s update comes from Purba Chintamonipur Chetana Sangha, a community based organisation located in the Patharpratima island of Sunderbans. Chetana has focused its efforts on supporting local farmers and rebuilding the Sunderbans in a sustainable fashion. This includes pumping out saline water from fields inundated by the cyclone, distributing seeds and encouraging farmers to plant for the next season. Chetana Sangha’s focus during the last few days has been on facilitating water treatment to prevent the spread of water-borne communicable diseases with the collaboration of AID. In this regard over 70 families in South Kashinagar and Tarangar have received Alum, Lime and Geoline for water treatment. Additionally, 56 families received seeds in Achintanagar. Food materials, earthworms, mats, polythene and soaps and biscuits for kids have also been widely distributed.

 

 

7 July: Today we bring you an update from DRCSC, which is supporting farmers in several districts, including East Medinipur and N-24 Parganas with collaboration from AID. A focus during the last few days has been on providing farmers with paddy seeds as well as vegetable seedlings, which can be used for cultivation in homestead gardens. On 6 July, DRCSC was even able to organize a poison free farmers’ market in Shantipur, Nadia district! Markets such as this, which are based on organic produce without harmful chemical pesticides, have become very popular in recent years. We hope that other regions of the Sunderbans will also be able to resume such markets in the coming weeks.

 

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