Several of AID’s partners, including Mukti, have been working to mitigate the effects of Cyclone Yaas in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Here is a short write-up on Mukti’s efforts.
Mukti volunteers with the help of AID have started rebuilding the embankments in Sundarbans which were damanged during cyclone Yaas. Mukti has started “Food for Work” on a large scale. In Deulbari village for instance, villagers can receive food on behalf of work. Mukti is supporting Rs. 100/- worth of food grain to each villager and have also tagged them to NREGS so that they can get wages from the Government.
Cyclone Yaas has damaged all the portable water resources with saline water. Salt water from the rivers has gushed into the villages through breaches in the embankments filling up the sweet water ponds and hundreds of tube wells are still submerged in saline water. Therefore, the villagers are in dire need of safe drinking water to protect them from water-borne diseases.
Mukti is distributing drinking water twice a day in the Yaas affected villages with 2000 litres of drinking water each time. Villagers are collecting the water in buckets and drums according to their daily needs. As the ponds and farms have all been filled with saline water, which is not suitable for drinking or irrigation, Mukti is helping in massive efforts of dewatering saline water from the ponds and rewatering them with fresh water in Purbasridharpur.
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