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May

Support survivors of Cyclone Fani

Hundreds of villages, towns and cities like Bhubaneshwar and Puri in India are struggling to recover from the devastation of Cyclone Fani that struck the coastline of Odisha as a category 4 storm on May 3 2019.   The death toll in Odisha is upwards of 50, five hundred thousand homes made of mud walls and thatched leaves have been destroyed and essential utilities such as power have been cut off leaving the people in darkness.

Would you like to support the survivors of Cyclone Fani who are bravely facing one of nature’s worst nightmares?  Please contribute generously to the Cyclone Fani Relief and Rehabilitation Fund of Association for India’s Development (AID).  Let us stand together with the brave people of Odisha in this time of grave need and help them rebuild their lives.  AID is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible in the US.

While Odisha bore the brunt, the cyclone also affected some regions in northern Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Donate to Cyclone Fani R&R Fund

NEWS FROM THE GROUND

Here is a brief report from Saumya Ranjan Mohanty – a volunteer who has been traveling in Puri district where his village is also located. Dr Tarakanta Nayak of Mathematics Department of IIT Bhubaneswar also accompanied him to some areas like Brahmagiri.

 

Saumya writes –

“Visited few places of Puri district. The whole district Puri is in darkness as not a single electric pole/transformer is left. Petrol pumps and mobile networks are not working. People are passing through hardship for Drinking water. It seems it will take more than one month to restore electric connection to Puri town and more than few months to it’s rural parts. The condition of Puri Government Hospital is very pathetic, although few temporary light arrangements have been made. Puri needs your help.

“Visited some part of town including Nolia sahi, Penthakata and Jamarsuana panchayat of Puri district. Polythene and food are needed urgently for the poorer people in Jamarsuana and Penthhakata Nolia sahi.

“They are absolutely homeless ..need polythene . About 100 families of Jamarsuana are without anything above head and hardly anything to eat. We met the sarpanch and have heard about the sincerity of its members. They shall provide local support.

“Met the the officer in collectorate dealing with voluntary organisations. Meeting with collector couldn’t be possible. But we are approved by them to work in either of the two above mentioned places. We found many street dwellers of Puri in severe situation. They deserve our service. No-one to look after them.”

We are also expecting some volunteers from Chennai/Hyderabad who may be able to procure some relief materials from Berhampur for immediate distribution.
                                                                                           — received from AID volunteer Dr Dhanada Mishra

 

 

 

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