Hi everyone. Your best friend Sara here. Just when we thought life couldnt get tougher, the cyclone Amphan showed us we were wrong. But this uplifting message from 12 year old Mihika Mukherjee is just right. Sometimes hope is all we have and that will make a difference!
#SaraReads #GratitudeDuringCovid- Essay: Conjunction of two disasters
The super cyclone ‘Amphan’ wreaked havoc in the state of West Bengal and parts of Bangladesh. The eastern Indian city of Kolkata has been left completely devastated by the after-effects of this violent natural calamity, which swept through the region, this Wednesday.
It is the first super cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal since 1999. Though it was weakened a bit by the time it struck the coast, it is still considered a very severe cyclone. The cyclone arrived with winds gusting up to 185km/hr and waves as high as 15 ft.
Kolkata, home to more than 14 million people had to bear the consequences of this acute anomaly, which tore up roofs and broke windows, destroyed houses and blocked roads by pulling out numerous enormous trees by their roots, leading to at least 84-96 casualties. Mostly the fatalities were caused due to falling trees and electrocution, because of which several people were left without electricity or telephone connection.
Authorities had tried their best to evacuate as many people as possible but a massive evacuation was difficult as it was in conflict with the precautions of COVID-19 and posed a threat of getting the virus.
People themselves were also reluctant to massive evacuation schemes which added to the difficulties. These are trying times already with the disastrous pandemic going on simultaneously and now, the cyclone. The conjunction of these two disasters has affected the lives and elevated sufferings of people greatly. But as it is always said, “If we stay united then, we shall surely emerge victorious, no matter how many obstacles we have to pass through or how deep our hope is obscured, we must hold on to hope as it is the key to defeat even the worst of the times just like the silver lining of clouds.