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Highlights Of #AllForBengal Telethon: Donate To Help Bengal Recover

Cyclone Amphan has torn through West Bengal. Many parts of the state, including the city of joy, have been devastated. Lakhs of homes have been damaged. Crops in thousands of acres destroyed. Livelihoods lost. The poorest have been hit the hardest. Now your support will help the people of Bengal recover from this cyclone's devastation. Join us to help the poorest who have suffered the most in Bengal. Your donations will help provide food and medication to those who need it the most.

Here are the highlights of the #AllForBengal Telethon:

Jun 07, 2020
21:51 (IST)
Amitava Ghosh, Author & Padma Shri Awardee on cyclones and their impact on lives and livelihoods:

All the studies of climate scientists all say that we are going to see a huge increase in cyclonic activity. And also, an intensification of cyclonic activity. I mean you've seen surely that just in these few weeks we've had so many cyclones. I mean in the Bay of Bengal but also in the Arabian Sea. It's kind of extraordinary the increase in the cyclonic activity that we see, certainly in our neighborhood. Cyclones draw their energy from heat and the water. And the waters around us, they are heating up very very fast. So that's what's actually providing the extra energy for these cyclones.

The problem is that when this water comes in, it intensifies the process of saltwater intrusion. So, Cyclone Aila for example in 2009, even though it, fortunately, didn't take a terrible toll in lives, it took a terrible toll in livelihoods. A lot of people lose their ability to feed themselves. 

Right now, I'm hearing from Sundarbans that many people just don't have water. They have to walk for miles and miles to get drinking water because all their freshwater sources have been salinated. And that land, which is actually quite fertile land, once it gets salinated it takes you years to bring productivity. Though here I must say, fortunately, there is an amazing seed scientist, Debal Deb, whose work you may know. He has been specializing in developing and regenerating salt-resistant types of rice.

The first cyclone I experienced was when I was 8 years old. I remember it vividly. I remember the water flowing through our house. Actually, there was a little pond behind our house, fish was going through our house - it was an extraordinary experience. So, yes, I think everyone who is familiar with the landscape of Bengal knows that. we grew up with these extraordinary events. And I also experienced actually a tornado in Delhi in 1978, so I have a long sort of strange relationship with these weird sorts of weather events. So, I'm very much drawn into them. 

But you know, we have to remember that it's just not me. I mean, on the landscape of Bengal, everyone who inhabits it including writers, filmmakers and so on develops this kind of relationship with these weather events.

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About The Campaign

Cyclone Amphan has torn through West Bengal. Many parts of the state, including the city of joy, have been devastated. Lakhs of homes have been damaged. Crops in thousands of acres destroyed.

Livelihoods lost. The poorest have been hit the hardest. Now your support will help the people of Bengal recover from this cyclone’s devastation.

Join us to help the poorest who have suffered the most in Bengal. Your donations will help provide food and medication to those who need it the most.

Money Raised Will Be Used For

The donated money will be used to support the affected families with
  • Shelter Materials

    Shelter Materials

    Establishing temporary homes, shelter materials will be provided

  • Food Baskets

    Food Baskets

    Each basket will serve a family of 5 members with nutritious food items for 15 days

  • Hygiene & Sanitation

    Hygiene & Sanitation

    Safe drinking water & hygiene material to prevent COVID-19 infection. Awareness on community water, sanitation and hygiene to prevent water-borne infections

  • Livelihood Restoration

    Livelihood Restoration

    Of marginal farmers and returnee migrant workers. The support includes seeds and fertiliser for the Kharif crop season, restoration of Pan Boroj (betel leaves cultivation), poultry farming support for landless poor and other need-based livelihoods restoration activities

  • For Children

    For Children

    Home-based learning and activity kits for children as part of psychosocial support

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