[WSMDiscuss] Double Whammy- Cyclone Amphan and Coronavirus Pandemic

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Fri May 22 20:16:50 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! CycloneAmphan has battered West Bengal, and Odisha in India and Bangladesh in waysthat has further damaged the lives of people already suffering due tocoronavirus and continuous lockdowns. 


It is like addingsalt to already badly injured humanity. How the State and society at largewould cope- up with multiple crisis situations remains to be seen. What isclear as of now the battered humanity would continue licking its wounds withoutmuch hope for a better life. 


Do pass it on toothers in your circle/network. 


Cyclone Amphan:India, Bangladesh begin clean-up operation

Al Jazeera, May 22, 2020 



Authorities in both countries are struggling to restore road links andelectricity in areas hit by Cyclone Amphan.




Deathknell for Sunderbans

DebrajMitra, Telegraph, May 22, 2020 



Surge in movement ofwater from sea to land feared




CycloneAmphan: Survivors return to face destruction left by storm

BBC, May 22, 2020 



Millions of people across Bangladesh and eastern India are taking stockof the devastation left by Cyclone Amphan. A massive clean-upoperation has begun after the storm left at least 96 dead and flattened homes,uprooted trees and left cities without power.




TheCoronapocalypse and Sanitation Workers in India

Manisha S Meshram and Ramila Bisht, Opinion, The Wire, May22, 2020 



Working without PPEs and even soap and water, the people whokeep our surroundings sanitised are vulnerable to infection themselves.




Telangana:Nine migrants, including six of a family, found dead in Warangal

Sreenivas Janyala, Express News Service, May 22, 2020 



Ruling out a suicide pact, ACP Shyam Sundar said, “If it was a suicidepact, only the family of six would have committed suicide but there are threeother bodies. We are investigating several angles.”




Jobs lost to lockdown, houses to Amphan: Migrant workersstare at uncertainty

PressTrust of India (PTI), May 21, 2020 



For Amir, it wascyclone Alia that forced him to migrate, now unemployed, his home is destroyedand brother missing 




Lockdown# 4: The Government Has Failed

Bhasha Singh,NewsClick, May 21, 2020 



A huge number of migrant laborers continue to make the longjourney home on UP's Yamuna Expressway.




Amphan:Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh

BBC, May 21, 2020 

Cyclone devastates Kolkata and leaves scores dead

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Cyclone devastates Kolkata and leaves scores dead

One of India's major cities is reeling as more than 80 deaths are confirmed along the Bengal coast.




Amphan made landfallon Wednesday, lashing coastal areas with ferocious wind and rain. The storm isweakening as it moves north into Bhutan. Thousands of trees were uprooted inthe gales, electricity and telephone lines brought down and houses flattened. Manyof Kolkata's roads are flooded and its 14 million people without power.




With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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