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Situation Report No. 4 from UNICEF India on Cyclone REMAL in West Bengal: 7 June 2024

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Current Conditions

Ten days after Cyclone Remal made landfall, there have been reports of unseasonal rainfall in the affected area, causing further challenges for the affected population. Media reports indicate that seven people have lost their lives and nearly 100 have been injured as a result of the cyclone.

Government Response

Many people are still living in damaged and uninhabitable conditions, with unusable toilet facilities. Local donor agencies have provided tarpaulin sheets for temporary relief. Over 1,400 relief camps were operational during the cyclone, but they have now been closed, and people have returned to their homes, which have often been partially or completely destroyed.

Joint Rapid Need Assessment (JRNA)

Government reports from the South 24 Parganas district indicate that 23 blocks, 249 Gram Panchayats, and 1,905,032 people are affected. The government has distributed 70,914 tarpaulins and 153,353 fresh cooked meals to those impacted by the cyclone.

Joint Rapid Need Assessment (JRNA)

The JRNA has been completed in 144 villages, covering 205 households. While the data from the JRNA is not completely representative, it highlights priority areas for intervention, including WASH, Health, Livelihood, Food supply, School infrastructure repair, and Specialised support to disabled children.

UNICEF Response

UNICEF has planned a WASH and Health response for approximately 1,952,395 people, including 644,290 children and 933,245 females across the 10 most affected island blocks in the South 24 Parganas district.

IAGs Unified Response

The Inter-Agency Groups (IAGs) have initiated a unified response, with most partners addressing needs such as kitchenware, tarpaulins, food, and hygiene awareness activities, including infection control.

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FAQs

Q: What is the current situation in the affected area?

A: Many people are still living in damaged and uninhabitable conditions, with unusable toilet facilities. Local donor agencies have provided tarpaulin sheets for temporary relief.

Q: What has been the government’s response to the cyclone impact?

A: Government reports indicate that relief efforts have included the distribution of tarpaulins and cooked meals to the affected population.

Conclusion

Efforts from various organizations, including the government, UNICEF, and Inter-Agency Groups, continue to address the needs of the affected population in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal. Ongoing support is crucial to rebuilding lives and communities in the impacted areas.


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