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Seeds Responds to Cyclone Yaas With Immediate Relief

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Cyclone Yaas made a landfall near Dhamra port affecting Balasore, Bhadarak, districts of Odisha and East Medinipur, 24 South Paraganas in West Bengal. The second cyclone of 2021 has struck Odisha and parts of West Bengal with a speed of 150 kmph, risking countless lives and livelihoods. Categorised as a very severe cyclonic storm, it has had a devastating impact leaving many with increased suffering while in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. SEEDS is responding to the immediate needs reported from the ground by its local partners and volunteers in the worst affected districts. SEEDS, winner of the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2021, is responding to needs with the support of dry ration, safe drinking water, covid care essentials and other necessary items of home utility. Dr Manu Gupta, Co-founder, SEEDS said that the second cyclone within two weeks has caused immense destruction in parts of Odisha and West Bengal. His heart goes out to the people who have to face the adverse impacts of such a disaster when they are already fighting against the second wave of COVID-19. They at SEEDS remain committed and are actively reaching out to a maximum number of people and their teams are working relentlessly to analyse the long-term needs of the affected. They are also gauging how the affected families can be helped most effectively while maintaining measures to strengthen the struggle against the spread of the ongoing pandemic. As they begin to reach out to the most vulnerable communities to address their immediate needs, they appeal for maximum support from corporates, institutions and citizens. While millions of affected families are seeking shelters to stay safe from the aftermath of the catastrophic cyclone, the risk of spreading the coronavirus pandemic is looming large. Maintaining social distance in rescue and relief efforts has become a challenge at this time. Basis the first level need assessment by the team, SEEDS appeals for support towards providing immediate relief and building back better with Odisha and West Bengal through its Cyclone Yaas response in times of COVID-19.  The intense spell of rain and storm in the coastal areas has hit communication and transportation services in Odisha and West Bengal. This disaster comes amid the ongoing crisis of Covid-19 that has only raised the concerns and challenges for the most marginalised communities having to face the brunt. At this moment, the organisation with its local partners and a total of 400 volunteers are actively reaching out to the local communities at the ground. The cyclone has extensively damaged shelters and roads in low-lying areas at large. A detailed need assessment by the organisation is being done basis on which a long-term recovery programme of those affected will be charted. They at SEEDS appeal to all citizens to join them and support their cause. Odisha and West Bengal urgently need help.

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Report : Anustup Kundu