The impact of Cyclone Amphan

how your support has helped Children International communities recover

On May 20, Cyclone Amphan hit Kolkata and the surrounding districts with damaging wind speeds of over 100 mph. This was the first super cyclone to hit the region since 1999. Thousands of trees were uprooted, disrupting electrical services and blocking roadways, and many homes and buildings sustained damage as well.

It took our teams some time to make contact with our sponsored communities throughout Kolkata due to damage to essential services and infrastructure. This was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, we’re able to provide the following updates:

  • Staff has established contact with all Children International communities who were affected.
  • All families are reported safe. There was some damage to homes, however, especially in rural areas.
  • The government has provided some financial support for home repairs for many families.
  • The Emergency Community Fund has provided additional support for some families impacted by the disaster.

To help families who have been overwhelmed by disasters like Cyclone Amphan or the coronavirus, donate to the Critical Needs Fund.


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