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Cyclone Amphan-hit West Bengal appeals for donation in the state relief fund, as it faces a major loss of life and property due to the damage caused thereof. And here’s what you can do to help. By Tanvi Jain

 

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As cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal causing major loss of life and property, the state Government has appealed people to come forward and contribute to the West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund

“The West Bengal State Government Appeals ALL to contribute in West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund and assist the State in prevention and control of situation arising out of unforeseen emergencies like COVID-19 (CORONA). The 100% Contribution made for the fund is exempted under section 80(G) of Income Tax. The contributions can be made through Cheque/ DD/ Debit Card/ Credit Card/ UPI,” wb.gov.in mentioned.

 

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In order to make the donation process easy, Airtel has created a shortcut where the Airtel Payments Bank customers can easily contribute via the Airtel Thanks app. You can donate via eazypay as well.  

The State Government also appealed to the Supreme Court to allow the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to be used for migrant’s welfare, which, however, the apex court refused to intervene in. 

News reports suggest that so far over 70 people have lost their lives in West Bengal. Moreover, normal life across Kolkata and other areas of the state and also of Odisha has come to a halt. As many as 5,000 trees and hundreds of lampposts and traffic signals were reportedly uprooted by the cyclone. Moreover, a portion of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport was also flooded due to heavy rains caused by Amphan. 

 

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Cyclone #Amphan has left a trail of devastation beyond our thoughts. While the material damage is substantial, Bengal stands united in this time of crisis. Together we will overcome this because nothing can dampen the spirit and strength of the people of Bengal,” tweeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

NDRF teams are working in the cyclone-affected parts. Top officials are closely monitoring the situation and also working in close coordination with the West Bengal government. No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured in a tweet. 

If you, like us, love the City of Joy and want the rich cultural state to swing back to action, it’s time to step up and help today!

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