This in from Sue:
You asked me about the Aila relief work and I'm in a better position now to talk about them. Things are pretty difficult for folks in the low-lying areas and that's not really very far out of Calcutta, actually.
Relief work is being undertaken by private citizens, NGOs etc.
Clothes, rations etc are being collected from across the city and I'm donating to Rotary effort. Also, in a more private way, I'm sending clothes for a friend's maid's child and so on. You know how it goes. The work though is mainly needed outside Cal. Within Cal the damage is less scary. Outside, folks are dying by the day. I plan on buying supplies and sending them.
Edited to add: If any folks in Kolkata would like to help out or if anyone would like to pitch in to help the cyclone victims, do write in to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.