A Church’s charity boat helps thousands of islanders affected by super cyclone Amphan.
Super Cyclone Amphan
On May 16, a category five storm named Super Cyclone Amphan forced millions of people in Eastern India and Bangladesh to evacuate their homes. The wake of the storm lasted for six days, destroying homes and livelihoods.
“One of the saddest and worst things is these islands, the main way [the people] make a living and get food is basically [through the] ponds they have beside their huts where they raise fish in clean water. When this cyclone happened, all the seawater flooded all the ponds and killed all the fish,” Believers Eastern Church presiding bishop and founder K.P. Yohannan said.
The region was already facing a health and hunger crisis due to coronavirus pandemic before the cyclone made landfall. Thousands of families are left in need of food and humanitarian health.
“Remember in America, we had this unforgettable hurricane in Lousiana, Katrina. Of course, [another] in Houston, Texas, [Harvey]. When you take a country like Bangladesh, Assam, and the East coast of India, you have to remember that these are tens of thousands of mud houses. People live on the barest of essentials,” K.P. Yohannan said.
The Christian denomination planted by the United States-based mission organization Gospel For Asia, Believers Eastern Church, made use of their charity boat to help in bringing aid to those affected. The “Servant Boat” reached islanders off the east coast of India and Bangladesh bringing food and all other aids.
“Devastation was so huge along with the COVID-19 virus crisis. By the grace of God and His mercy, we have 54 congregations on 54 islands,” he added. “Our boat carries people to provide help for the suffering people with food and materials and all these things. Although [the storm] happened three weeks ago, every day the need increases because millions are displaced.”
With the help of the organizations reaching out their hands to those who were affected by super cyclone Amphan, the region is expected to recover in a couple of months.
Reference: The Christian Post