02 June 2020

The Super Cyclone Amphan which had its landfall in Kolkata on 2oth May has caused extensive damages in W. Bengal and parts of Odisha. As it was already warned that this Tropical cyclone could become one of the most intense Category 5 cyclones on record, as pointed out in our statement of 19th May, with Kolkata in its direct path, about five lakhs of people were evacuated and possible precautions were taken by the state authorities. Still, when the cyclone struck with a speed of 165 kms per hour, whole villages of thatched huts disappeared and severe damages happened to even permanent buildings in Kolkata city and suburban areas with 85 people dead and hundreds of people injured as per government declaration. Entire Sunderbans, East Midnapore, Howrah, North and South 24 Parganas districts along Kolkata have been worst hit. Many dams have been demolished so a big area of Sunderbans has been inundated and particularly for this a big damage are also taking place. In the heavy rain many roads in the cities and vast areas of rural districts were flooded. 

Uprooting of tens of thousands of trees, hundreds electric posts, mobile towers, traffic signals and police kiosks uprooted in Kolkata intensified the damages. While tens of thousands of thatched houses and huts were totally destroyed and large number of small buildings in the urban areas were destroyed, lakhs of families have become homeless. In W. Bengal alone the damages are of lakhs of crores of rupees, apart from the extensive disturbances to human life. Many animals were killed. Damages to electric supply and internet connections were widespread. Even after two days Kolkata city has not returned to normalcy. In Odisha from Bhadrak to north all areas were affected with many areas flooded and destruction of hundreds of kutcha houses. 

CPI(ML) Red Star demands that the central government should declare it as a national calamity and extend immediate relief to both the states, as well as substantial assistance for rebuilding of the areas and rehabilitation of all affected people. We consider the Rs.1ooo crores offered by the prime minister,, even if it is announced as immediate help, after seeing the extensive damages in his aerial survey is an affront to the people of W. Bengal. His government should rectify it, and send expert teams to assess the damages and issue adequate help as early as possible to W. Bengal and Odisha.

The super cyclone caused extensive damages and loss of life in Bangladesh also. CPI(ML) Red Star declare solidarity with the suffering people of Bangladesh

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Kabeer Katlat

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.