Extending a Helping Hand – Covid-19 and Amphan relief
When we started this blog, we wanted to inspire everyone with our travel stories. Today we wanted to appeal to your humanitarian side. With Covid-19 pandemic plaguing the world and economy plummeting into depths, human race is already facing utmost challenging times. But Nature’s fury knew no bounds as Cyclone “Amphan” (pronounced as Umpun) raged across Bangladesh and Eastern parts of India ravaging the states of Odisha and West Bengal on May 20th. Coastal areas(Digha) experienced the landfall with cyclonic winds spiralling up to 185 kmph. Kolkata, the City of Joy, faced full wrath of the cyclone as many buildings were damaged, trees and electric poles uprooted and many areas experienced sever water-logging, prolonged power cuts and network challenges for a week. Sub-urban areas and districts also took a major blow and restoration work is underway to mitigate the effects. . The biodiversity of Sundarbans, home of the Royal Bengal tigers and “Sundari” mangrove trees, has been severely affected as trees have been uprooted, humans and animals have died, homes have been washed away and saline water has rendered farm lands useless.
With thousands left homeless and helpless, relief workers are stretching to aide the affected. As farm produce was destroyed, the state of West Bengal is dealing with severe food and fresh water supply shortage. Many people are seeking shelters and thousands of volunteers are working day and night to help those in need. We bring to you one such short glimpse of such a small attempt.
To commemorate my father’s 5th death memorial, my mother (Dr. Sumita Mitra) and sister(Chandrima Mitra) gathered local help and provided food and necessary ration to 100 migrant labourers staying in a brick kiln (Ashirbaad eet bhata), near Chandpur, Kolkata.
Items donated – Ration including rice, pulses, flour and sugar. One packed hot meal comprising rice, egg curry, fries along with mangoes and water bottle was also served. Other essentials like biscuits, soaps and masks were also included. Masks were donated by my sister’s best friend, Sukanya Basu Roy Chaudhuri.
In trying times such as this, even a small act of kindness goes a long way. Extend that helping hand and your effort shall not go unrewarded. As Mother Teresa righty said , “When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”