Amphan cyclone hit the land on 20th May 2020. It was the most dangerous & the deadliest cyclone Bengal ever witnessed in the last hundred of years. I never thought it would be that much horrible. That super cyclone claimed many lives, flattened hundreds of thousand trees, destroyed houses & properties. When next day morning I visited my rooftop garden, I was surprised because only a few plants were effected badly otherwise I was able to protect my constant supply of fresh vegetables from that super cyclone Amphan.
The super cyclone was roaring for hours between 6 PM to 10 PM. It was raining for last 24 hours before the super cyclone hit the land of West Bengal. So soil was wet when it hit the region. That is why more number of trees & houses and objects collapsed. Thousands of trees were collapsed in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas districts. Many houses were destroyed in the region. Lives of hundreds of thousand people are seriously affected. People are homeless. They were no electricity, water, mobile connectivity, internet for 3-5 days.
But after the cyclone next day in the morning when I visited my vegetable garden, I saw only leaves of yardlong beans were badly effected, there were only a few leaves of those plants are intact, watermelon plants could not survive the heavy wind due to super cyclone. A trellis of my cucumber plants was slightly damaged. But otherwise my brinjal plants, okra/bhindi/lady’s finger plants, chilli plants, malabar spinach vines, cucumber plants, bitter gourd plants, tomato plants, mint/pudina plants, water spinach plants, culantro were perfectly fine & healthy.
It was not a miracle because I took all the preventive steps to protect my plants one day before the super cyclone hit West Bengal.
Firstly, I shifted my plants alongside the walls
Secondly, I placed all containers/pots so closely
Thirdly, I tied my brinjal plants with a rope so that those pots can withstand the heavy wind due to the cyclone Amphan
Finally,I tied all vines, creepers plants with a rope
I could not shift the yardlong beans & watermelons plants because those are creeper plants.
I tied brinjal plant, tomato plants and bitter gourd plants. Those were not seriously affected.
These are the skeleton of my yardlong beans (borboti) plant. But still, those are alive and hope that those will recover and produce vegetables soon.
Pomegranate plants, starfruit plants were badly affected due to heavy wind. No more fruits were found on my starfruit plants after the super cyclone.