Here are some updates from AID’s partner Chetana Sangha on its relief work over the past 3-4 days (upto June 1).
- Distribution of food items and tarpaulins at Quarantine Centers: Achintya Nagar Gram Panchayat has 16 centers and about 250 migrant workers. In Lakshmi Janardhanpur GP there are about 150 workers, and 140 people in Purna Chandrapur GP; 350 people will arrive in the next week. Chetana has distributed food items, including 500 kg rice, 250 kg potatoes, 120 kg onions, and 35 kg mudgal at these centers. Chetana is supplying dry food to people in the village, like muri, chire, biscuits, batasha and so on. They are also giving food to those families who have struggled since COVID-19 started. Chetana is additionally supplying tarpaulins: so far they delivered 91 to those people who lost their roofs due to the gusty wind.
- Restoration of ponds and dams: Chetana is filtering salt water from the river, and also repairing dams in its field areas. Cleaning the pond water, which was severely polluted due to Amphan and has collected a lot of leaves, is another priority. Chetana is using Chuun (lime) and Phatkiri (alum) to clean the water and make it potable (having already used 10 kg of lime and 5 kgs of alum).
- Procurement and planting of seeds: Chetana is mainly focusing on planting seeds and is looking for help from AID specifically in this area. There need to be sufficient amounts to supply to the villagers, who are not motivated at all to start vegetation now. They are very negative and think that all their efforts will be ruined again, so there is no point. Chetana is trying their best to keep them motivated, as it is possible more problems will arrive soon when there will be no vegetables at all. Chetana urging the women to start sowing seeds before the rainy season.
- Chetana wants to restore traditional trees, such as babla, tetul, mango, banyan, neem etc. The government has been planting trees such as eucalyptus, and those trees are not helping the villagers at all. Restoring mangroves should get special attention as they protected the villagers a lot. But the problem is the fishermen are unintentionally destroying the mangroves while catching fish as part of their profession.
Chetana has specially requested support to buy extra seeds, so that villagers can start the process of renewing vegetation as soon as possible.
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