Cyclone ‘Amphan’ which has killed more than 80 people and left thousands homeless in west Bengal it is now considered even more destructive than cyclones ‘Aila’ which slammed southern Bangladesh and eastern India in 2009, the UN said. This cyclone has created huge destruction in West Bengal which had a landfall on Wednesday evening. Seven districts badly hit are south 24 Pargana, north 24 Parganas, East and West Midnapur, Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata with damage also reported in the district of Birbhum. Several roads have been blocked, shops damaged many electric poles have caused power cuts, many houses damaged due to the cyclone, even Kolkata airport has been filled by the water.
At least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at risk after the Amphan cyclone. West Bengal is home to around more than 50 million people which will be a direct hit to them by being homeless as this cyclone has destroyed many houses. The UN agency said in a statement on Wednesday.
UNICEF stated that it is very concerned about the people out there who have suffered in this cyclone it will also increase the level of welfares of COVID-19 in this crisis as people would have rushed to the crowded area for the shelter which could vulnerably spread COVID -19 and other infectious diseases. The safety of children and their families in the areas that as impacted is the main priority and it is good to see that the authorities have well advanced planned about the situation of COVID -19 pandemic said UNICEF regional director.
UNICEF is also working with the government of Bangladesh and India to provide their full support to the homeless children and their families which has been affected by the cyclone Amphan. UNICEF also said that it is also working with the deputy commissioner’s office in cox’s bazaar to help out the Bangladeshi and Rohingya children to ensure their safety and to remain protected. These efforts will include raising awareness about preparedness, emergency help, medical, sanitation, and hygiene.
UN secretary-general also said that they will also help the Bangladeshi and the Indian government on the ground to provide support in the wake of the cyclone.
Given the current pandemic this support includes distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), disinfectants, and the other materials to evacuation shelters. To reduce the personal contact e-cash distribution will be used. These all will help the people who have been impacted by the cyclone.
This cyclone has taken a trajectory towards India around 8 million become homeless in this cyclone Amphan. Around 11 am today Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be doing an Aerial Survey to check damage areas in West Bengal.