RELIEF WORK AT GOSABA AND KULTALI

Aila Relief Work, Phase IV at Kultali and Gosaba Block by Hindu Samhati

In its extended Relief Work the Hindu Samhati (HS) Relief Team responded to the plight of local people of Aila struck areas in and around Sunderban Delta. The local HS Workers always took the initiative to send the SOS to the HS appex body and chalked out proper planning to give every possible relief to the Aila affected people in many places.

On 05th June,2009 Prosenjit Sasmal, HS Team Leader from Kolkata reached Ghatiharania to take the local volunteers to cater its Relief work at Bhasa island in Kultali Block in South 24 Parganas. Sonali Naskar, Judhisthir Mondal and Prasanta Halder from Joynagar and Neempeeth accompanied Prosenjit for Seva Work in the villages of Bhasa island. Chida ( parched rice), molasses, medicines and bleaching powder were distributed among 1200 Aila affected people.

On 06th June Tapan Kumar Ghosh, President Hindu Samhati flagged off the HS Relief Team at Sonakhali in Basanti Block. A strength of 41 HS workers lead by Upanand Brahmachari, Prokash Das and Sujit Maity ventured towards Basanti to reach in the core area of Sunderban Delta area where the plight and sufferings of Aila struck people are severe.

A launch named M.V. Abhiyatri was hired to voyage to the point at Kakmari beyond Satjelia where the human habitation is almost destroyed due to Aila storm. A full fledged cooking arrangement was made on that launch to cook Khichudi ( Rice-Pulses-Vegetable mix) for distribution among the hungry and affected people throughout the coastal line through out the voyage at relief. The local HS workers packed 1000 liters of purified drinking water for distribution as the scarcity of drinking water in this area is high. At Basanti The Public Health Engineering Deptt. and Sunderban Development Board, Govt. of West Bengal gave 2500 liters packaged water and 50 kg Bleaching Powder to HS Relief Team to distribute among Aila affected people. Another supply of 1000 liter of drinking water was given to HS Relief Team by the Authority of Additional District Magistrate at Gosaba Jetty point.

As soon as the cooking materials and utensils were loaded in M.V. Abhiyatri, the cooking of Khichudi was started on the deck of the launch. Perhaps no relief team did in such a way to serve fresh and hot dish to people in starvation. After a long exploration the HS Team reached Bagbagan point where 250 people were served with Khichudi, drinking water and medicines. The people from the near by embankment of Hogla river staying there at starvation were shouting to draw the attention of the Relief Team at launch.

Towards Kakmari the HS Relief Team anchored at different points at 7 no. Hetalbari (Choto Mollakhali), Rangabele Uttarbhanga, 4 no. Mitrabari (Satjelia), 10 no. Lahiripur, Lahiripur Sahebghata to serve possible relief to the awaiting people in every point for getting some relief. The tasty and hot khichudi in the right time was the most expected item as no relief team served any cooked food in these areas till date. Drinking water and medicines are also in high demands everywhere.

The relief work was suspended for half an hour as there was cats and dogs rain across the river Hogla and it was a great experience as everybody was in anxiety by local weather forecast about 2nd phase of Aila storm.

At last the Relief Team reached Kakmari point where the Aila devastation uprooted a nearby villages completely. There is no trace of many houses and the villagers left the place after the havoc. Some residents staying there under compulsion took relief materials from the visiting team and conveyed their gratitude to the HS team with tears.

After that the HS team reached Rajatjugli (Satjelia), Patharpara, Santigachi, Enpur and Jamespur. The areas are mostly inhabited by poor tribal people and they took Khichudi with high satisfaction sitting on the muddy ground. The scene was pain staking to the relief workers to realize the situation of the affected people. Drinking water and Medicines and Bleaching Powder were also distributed as per demand and necessity.

About 2000 affected people of 11 places were benefited on this Seva Day on 6th June rendered by Hindu Samhati, West Bengal.

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