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City youths try to get Sunderbans economy on track

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A month after Amphan ravaged Bengal, the people of Sunderbans are still struggling to get back on their feet. Since then, many groups from Kolkata have been reaching out with essentials and trying to create alternative livelihoods for villagers who suffered back-to-back crises — lockdown and the cyclone.

Swarnabha Dey and his friends have been providing essentials to villages in Sunderbans for the past month. Now, in a step to rebuild Sunderbans, the group has provided 100 families of Amrapara village with 10 chickens each and taught them poultry farming. Dey said, “The families will now have to provide 10 hens for another needy family in a year.”

Law student Noor Mahvish and his group Metiaburz Youths have visited many villages in Sunderbans with ration kits, medicines, sanitary napkins and tarpaulin sheets. They are being helped by Al-Imdad Charitable Trust in this initiative. “It is the minimum we could do for these people,” said Noor.

Calcutta Foodies Club, too, reached out to 300 people in Kakmari,150 in Glasskhali and 400 in K Plot with ration packs. The projects were run in association with the forest department and the Block Development Office. “We want to assist people with sustainable livelihood to bring the economy back on track,” said Avishek Sinha of the group.

Source:Times of India

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