It was organised by Amphan Relief Shramajibi Prayas with APDR and WBDF–SSU. The venue for primary relief was Khetramohanpur, Brajaballavpur. Relief materials were general relief materials including food grains, clothes etc. Venue of medical camp was Khetramohanpur, Brajaballavpur, South 24 parganas, West Bengal. The population were mostly Hindu, rest were Muslims. The habitats were mostly brick houses covered by asbestos. Few mud houses were noted.
The source of income as noted are –
- Agriculture – paddy ( mostly once a year), betel leaves, chilly, Dates, tamarind. (Previously watermelon, seasonal vegetables etc. Were grown, which had to be abondoned after Ayla cyclone in2009 due to increased salinity of soil.
- Fishing : some are owner of large trollers, rest work as fishermen.
- Van- Rikshaw puller, porter, boatmen etc.
- Local small business owners
- MNREGA – irregular,but yearly
- People working in office or business job in large cities
The economic strata – Probably all families have some land for harvesting and population density is less.
- Mostly lower- middle Socioeconomic status ( farmer, fishermen, van Rikshaw puller, porter, boatmen etc.)
- Few middle class ( local small business owners, people working in large cities)
- Upper middle class (troller owners, land owners)
The source of food are – primarily grown in village, rest from gunjes in Brajaballavpur and Patharpratima. Ration distribution through PDS is available.
Education is provide by Government sponsored higher secondary school, government sponsored primary school, Anganwadi centre. Higher education is usually undertaken in Kakdwip, diamond harbour and Kolkata.
Healthcare is available through Govt BPHC at Brajaballavpur with ? Admission capacity.
Source of drinking water – Deep tubewell with prior permission from Government.
Communication with main land maintained via ferry over Curgeon creek via Patharpratima.Inland roads are paved roads made under PMGY. There is a Plan of bridge construction has been undertaken by 2025 for a proposed military base-camp in G- plot.
Response to cyclone as stated by locals – People were warned beforehand about the cyclone. Vulnerable population was given shelter in dedicated shelter house and school buildings.
For Medical Camp Medicine acquired from CDMU with help from Dr. Punyabrata Goon and Shramajibi Swasthya Udyog and WBDF.
The observations in medical camp are as follows –
- Most common complaints as low back pain, lower limb pain and bodyache.
- No case of fever or respiratory difficulty.
- Skin rashes and infections
- Chronic non- communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension and Arthritis.
- Poor general health, but probably better than other Amphan affected areas of South 24 parganas.
- Surprisingly, no enteric diseases noted, probably due to awareness and provision available for clean drinking water.
Effects of Amphan are as follows –
- Wastage of crops, mainly paddy and betel leaf
- Because Amphan hit during low tide, major waterlogging didn’t happen.
- Barrier dam is damaged in one place which was quickly localised and repaired by local people.
- Lots of large trees uprooted.
- Very few mud houses has been totally damaged. Roof of few pucca houses got damaged due to cyclone and by uprooted trees.
The medical team –
- Dr Sonia Bandyopadhyay
- Dr Manujesh Bandyopadhyay
- Dr. Diapnkar Jana and two other doctors.