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Humanitarian Appeal: Cyclone Amphan Response in times of Covid-19

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The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Cyclone Amphan’, with wind speeds touching 185 kmph, made landfall near Sagar Island in West Bengal, on May 20, 2020.

Over 5,00,000 people were evacuated in the cyclone’s path, with East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and Kolkata districts are being reported to be worst affected.

Thousands of families are suffering through one of the most intense cyclones with coronavirus pandemic at the hindsight and require urgent humanitarian aid.

Cyclone shelters and evacuation centres are with limited access to food, safe drinking water and hygiene items. The frontline aid workers and volunteers need adequate PPE for safer response.

With extensive damage to houses rebuilding for the affected families begins from day 1. Surrounding issues around immediate homes repair support, survival with food, safe drinking water, hygiene items, basic home utilities and medicine is the key.