One of the fiercest cyclones the Bay of Bengal has ever produced, Amphan, ripped through West Bengal and Bangladesh. The storm first entered Bengal through the Sundarbans – a vast mangrove forest formed in the delta where the Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna river systems meet and then empty into the sea.

The devastating cyclone with a speed of 120km per hour destroyed 137 river embankments under Hingalganj Block, out of which 32 were severely affected. On that night, the villagers of Uttar Boltola saved the village along with 200 residents. Twenty people took immediate steps and repaired the river embankment by filling sacks with mud from the river. The following early morning, they again started to work.

Swapnopuron ensured Ration kits, Tarpaulins, Masks and Solar lamps distribution under the “Dignity for Work” project. The “Dignity for Work” initiative was created to honour the people of Bynara, Dhanikhali and Taltola under Rupomari, who supported various rebuilding activities in the village.

On the night of Amphan, this village of Bainara was devastated, and 13 houses were immediately washed away within 10 minutes. The entire village was underwater as the barrier broke, and water splashed inwards and affected huge areas. The villagers took the initiative to repair the border to protect the village from further damage. Swapnopuron supported with cooked meals for a month during this crucial time and resources for embankment repair.

SWS is grateful to Goonj for supporting some of the Amphan relief work.