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AID Volunteers Provide Relief & Survey Hudhud Affected Areas
Relief and Rehabilitation

hudhud15.jpg Cyclone Hudhud has caused extensive destruction to homes, ecology and agriculture in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulum in Andhra Pradesh. Immediately after the cyclone receded, 4 volunteers from AID, the Center for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) and Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV) embarked on a 5 day trip in the cyclone-affected areas to distribute emergency relief materials, assess the physical damage to farmers and their crops, and to plan for future relief & rehabilitation efforts. The volunteers reported massive damage to coconut, mango, sugarcane and cashew plantations as well as paddy crop. Read the full report here

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Relief Work in Ankapalle: AID has already sent $5000 to our partner, Rural Development Service Society (RDSS). RDSS volunteers have provided emergency rations (5kg rice, 1kg toor dal, 100gm tamarind, 1 liter oil and 1/2kg salt) to 550 families and are now reaching out to 1200 more families placing special emphasis on those who've been the hardest hit.

 Regular updates from the ground will be posted here .

Relief & Rehab Update from Janpath
Relief and Rehabilitation

Janpath Team doing survey Relief Update: Following the recent severe floods in Jammu & Kashmir, AID supported Janpath working with J&K RTI Movement and Rural Voice in providing immediate relief to 850 families. Flour, Rice, Dall, Cooking oil, sugar were given by the relief workers along with soap, milk powder, salt, chilly and turmeric. Additional nutritional support was given to children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

To prepare for the oncoming winter, J&K RTI movement and Rural Voice also distributed blankets and woolen sweaters to 500 families.

Two volunteers are working to help children return to school. They have distributed books and school stationary to 500 families.

All updates are available at the J&K Relief & Rehab page
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Rehabilitation Update: A Team of 22 volunteers of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Rural Voice working in conjunction with Janpath  conducted a survey in the districts of Badgaon, Pulwama, Srinagar and Bandipora. Families have lost their warm clothing and blankets for winter, and children's school materials have been severely damaged. Many of these rural areas in J&K have not received any financial support. More than 530 houses have been damaged in these areas.

Update from Visit by AID, CSA and Rythu Swarajya Vedika team
Relief and Rehabilitation
Hudhud Affected Farmlands
There is a huge crop damage and livelihoods affected because of the ‪#‎HudHud‬ paddy is the most affected crop as the crop was in milking state to ready to harvest in different locations almost 95% damage observed in most of the areas, more than 30% damage in mango orchards particularly older ones, coconut trees are also affected severely. both mango and coconut farmers have lost the crop completely for the next one year. in tribal belts and hill regions of vishakapatnam, vijayanagaram and srikakulam also the crops are being affected and farmers are not very hopeful of receiving any compensation.

In tribal areas the credit and crop insurance access was very low. They took loans from private money lenders with higher interest rates (Rs. 2-5/month/100)
"The state government has hiked compensation to crops like sugarcane and paddy to Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per hectare, for Banana from Rs 24,000 to Rs 25,000 and from Rs 15,000 from Rs 20,000 for mango crop per hectare", While the TDP was demanding Hooda Commission recommendations while in opposition which would be Rs. 25,000/ha for paddy.
Reviving livelihoods and helping farmers with the rabi preparations supporting them with seeds etc is something which govt should take it up for all.
Urgent Appeal for Cyclone Hudhud Affected People
Relief and Rehabilitation

Donate to Cyclone Hudhud R& R Fund

Cyclone Hudhud has wreaked havoc in coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Heavy winds at 200 kmph has damaged houses and brought down electrical and communication systems. Damages are especially severe in Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts. Visakhapatnam is the worst affected.

Please donate to Cyclone Hudhud Relief & Rehabilitation Fund

We have been able to get in touch with our partners on the ground very briefly as mobile phones and most landlines are unreachable. But we are trying our best to provide the help immediately. There is an urgent need for relief and we recognize it will be a long way to recovery.

AID appeals to you to come forward and support the people of Andhra and Odisha in their time of need.

Please donate generously to AID’s Cyclone Hudhud Relief & Rehabilitation Fund

Call of Harsud: Vikas Chahiye! Vinas Nahin!
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Harsud Rally September 28 1989.  Photo:  Smitu Kothari

On 28 September 1989, 50,000 people from movements all over India rallied at Harsud along the banks of the river Naramda to call for sustainable, just, peaceful and equitable development, and for an end to the destructive policies propagated in the name of development.  Taking a pledge to struggle for justice, people raised the slogan "Vikas Chahiye!  Vinas Nahin!" or "We want Development and not Destruction!" 

Twenty five years after the Historic Harsud Rally, movements and organizations continue the struggle and keep alive the spirit of Harsud.   L.S. Aravinda collects memories from those who were there.  Photo of Baba Amte addressing Harsud Ralley by Smitu Kothari.  Remaining photos taken from John D'Souza's video footage "Historic Harsud Rally" included below.    Read More...