Cyclone Aila
Opinion  /  Published 21.09.21

Calcutta: A city in danger

The climate negotiation has come full circle. Twelve years back, during the United Nations’s climate summit in Copenhagen, mayors of several important cities were shown the door midway through t...
By Jayanta Basu

Opinion  /  Published 30.07.21

Future tense: Resurrecting Sunderbans

Standing amidst the 360-degree devastation wrought by Cyclone Yaas, Bankim Mondal, from Kumirmari in the Sunderbans, echoed what Barack Obama, the former US president, said years back: “[w]hen d...
By Jayanta Basu

West Bengal  /  Published 26.07.21

Aila lesson: teacher Mangrove Man

Umashankar Mandal, 40, hails from a remote island in the Sunderbans and is a geography teacher at a Murshidabad high school. Over the past decade, he earned the moniker of “Mangrove Man” ...
By Snehamoy Chakraborty in Gosaba

Opinion  /  Published 08.07.21

Reimagining embankments

The Sunderbans delta and Bengal’s coastal districts are facing a disaster, once again. Flooding induced by the cyclone, Yaas, facilitated by numerous breaches in the embankments, has severely af...
By Nirmalya Choudhury

Opinion  /  Published 18.04.21

Enduring images: The daughters of Bengal

Five images have remained with me from the five years I spent in West Bengal — 2004 to 2009. ‘Indelible’ is a hackneyed word, a cliché. And one must not use stale words to des...
By Gopalkrishna Gandhi


Opinion  /  Published 01.07.20

Shifting lives in the mangroves

Since 2007, the Bay of Bengal basin has seen at least 15 major cyclones, including Sidr in 2007, Aila in 2009, Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014, Bulbul in 2019 and Amphan this year. Amphan made landfal...
By Megnaa Mehtta & Debjani Bhattacharyya

People  /  Published 06.06.20

Eye on the storm

Every cyclone has its own symphony. Akul Biswas, a resident of Jharkhali gram panchayat in the Sunderbans, knows this eerie music by heart. Biswas is blind: glaucoma took his vision years ago. His ear...
By Uddalak Mukherjee

India  /  Published 22.05.20

Amphan considered more destructive than Aila: UN

Cyclone Amphan, which has killed 77 people and left thousands homeless in West Bengal, is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila which slammed southern Bangladesh and eastern India in ...
By PTI in United Nations

West Bengal  /  Published 20.05.20

Countless flattened homes

Cyclone Amphan was clocking 165kmph when it made landfall at Sagar Island at 2.35pm on Wednesday.It ripped through several south Bengal districts causing what Mamata Banerjee said were '10 to 12 death...
By Snehamoy Chakraborty, Subhasish Chaudhuri and Anshuman Phadikar

West Bengal  /  Published 28.12.19

What ails the tribals of Sunderbans?

An unusual ladies’ group discussion was in progress. Several tribal women between 18 and 80 years of age were gathered in a mud hut in Tipligheri village of the Sunderbans in West Bengal. They were ...
By Jayanta Basu


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