Thursday, May 28, 2009

An SOS for help in the Sunderbans

Rajashree Khalap, an animal lover in Mumbai, has sent me an SOS email from Prerna Singh Bindra, a journalist, appealing for help for the people in the Sundarbans. This is what he says:

Cyclone Aila has devastated life in Sundarbans. It has claimed the lives of about 200 people in Bangladesh and India along with leaving thousands homeless or displaced. There is an urgent need for provision of water (all sweet water ponds there have been swamped with salt water, and there is simply no provision of drinking water), besides basic necessities such as rice, oil and clothes. The cyclone has also devastated wildlife ...swamping the captive crocodile breeding centre, killing deer, other prey species...and tiger. Their sweet water sources are lost too...

This is an SOS. Contribute, please, in any way you can.

Relief work is being done by the Institute of Nature Lovers and Climbers, an environmental organisation which has been working in the Sundarbans since 1989 and runs Project Lifeline in the Project Tiger Area. They are operating a basic hospital in the remote Satjelia island and provide for a mobile ambulance, essentially putting their boat into service in times of medical emergencies in remote islands. They also work on the man-tiger conflict in the Sundarbans.

For more details please get in touch with their Project Director Mrinal Chatterjee on 9339830280, or email me on bindra.prerna@gmail.com


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