Dancer Avirup Sengupta, along with a few people, headed to the villange Basanti in the interiors of Baruipur to distribute food packets and other essentials to the people there who were badly affected by the cyclone Amphan. Giving us glimpse of the relief work, Avirup said, “We travelled by car to Baruipur and then had to take a long walk to the Basanti village since the entire area was devastated by the storm. The narrow roads had trees uprooted and some areas still submerged under water. We carried nearly 700 food packs that had rice, potatoes, dal, instant noodles, milk powder, oil and a few other essential things. We gathered near a temple and the villagers came forward in a line, maintaining social distancing, and collected the packets one by one. We were helped by Shubhro and Saheli Das, who stay in that village, during the distribution process.”
There are still several villages across the state that has been completely disrupted by the cyclone, many needy are rendered homeless and are devoid of essentials needed every day. “Several celebrities and common people have come forward and donated in their own way. I would request more people to help the needy and contribute to bring West Bengal back on its feet. I felt so depressed to see the sorry state of the village. There are so many such villages and villagers affected in different parts of the state. I do charity in my own way, and in this time of crisis we all should come forward and contribute. I have been helped by a lot of people, including my students, and some non-profit organisations that came forward and contributed for the cause,” added Avirup.
Source: Times of India