In the middle of the devastating Covid-19 tsunami, severe cyclone Yaas made landfall in the Bengal – Odisha coast in India on May 26. Strong winds, flooding rains and a coastal storm surge coinciding with a Kotal high tide has devastated the lives of people in Sundarbans and other coastal areas. Your support is needed urgently in distributing essential commodities to the affected people and also for longer term rehabilitation.
Your contribution will go a long way in supporting the resilient people of the Sundarbans, as they face the double adversities of COVID-19 and the aftermath of Cyclone Yaas.
AID has had long term presence in Sundarbans, supporting grassroots work for more than 12 years. Check the video below to learn about our long-term association with partners in Sundarban. We are in it for the long-haul.
As water levels rose beyond the embankments in Sundarban, saline water has entered into people’s agricultural fields and freshwater ponds – the primary source of sweet water for everyone’s needs in these areas. The salinated fields imply that agriculture might be severely affected in the next few years.
Before landfall, our NGO partners at Sunderbans took proactive preparatory measures to mitigate loss of human lives and livelihood.
The cyclone Amphan struck the southern West Bengal coast on May 20, 2020 and devastated areas of Sundarban and E. Midnapore district in West Bengal, and the coastal blocks of Odisha, at a time when Covid-19 and lockdown had already affected the lives of millions there. Here’s a summary of our Amphan relief efforts.
We started working intensively with farmers in the Sundarban region in 2009 after Cyclone Aila struck exactly 12 years ago, and have since worked with more than 25000 farmers. When Amphan hit West Bengal in May 2020, AID supported long term rehabilitation in over 100 villages in remote Sundarbans. Find out more details of our Amphan relief work here,
We had started working intensively in the region with the community in 2009, on reclaiming salinated land through sustainable organic practices and trying to revive agriculture. It took years for the farmers to get back on their feet. In the last 11 years we have worked with close to 25,000 farmers, many of who are supplying organic vegetables to Kolkata earning better than they used to.
Take this virtual tour through AID’s work on sustainable agriculture in Sundarban.