Cyclone Yaas: Record evacuation saves lives in Sundarbans but not livelihoods

Source(s): Down To Earth

By Jayanta Basu


According to state government sources, nearly 1.5 million people were evacuated before and during the disaster into 14,000 flood shelters, both formal and temporary ones.


“We planned carefully after Amphan. We enhanced our capacity, procured machinery and above all, the coordination has been very good under the leadership of the chief minister. That did the trick,” state disaster management minister Javed Ahmed Khan claimed.

Experts are also attributing the success to the state government’s preparations. “This effort of the state government, with the chief minister leading from the front, particularly evacuating such a record number of people smoothly and that too during this pandemic period, is definitely praiseworthy,” Nasir Ateeq, a disaster management expert attached with an international organisation, told this reporter May 27.

Locals in the Sundarbans however pointed out that a heightened level of awareness among people, especially after Amphan, did the trick.


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