ODISHA CY­CLONE RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION PROJECT

LET US EASE THE BUR­DEN OF THOSE AF­FECTED AS WE CEL­E­BRATE THE FES­TI­VAL OF LIGHTS

India Today - - FASHION SPECIAL -

While many were cel­e­brat­ing the fes­tive sea­son this Oc­to­ber, the coastal pop­u­la­tions in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh were pre­par­ing to face a deadly cy­clone, the strong­est to hit the states in 14 years.

Cy­clone Phailin hit Gopalpur, Odisha, on the night of Oc­to­ber 12, caus­ing mas­sive dam­age in the dis­tricts of Gan­jam, Puri, Khurda, Ga­jap­ati and Ja­gats­ingh­pur. The dis­tricts of Ja­jpur, Bala­sore, Naya­garh, Keon­jhar, Ken­dra­para, Kand­hamal, Nabarang­pur, Ko­ra­put, Cut­tack, and Bhadrak were also af­fected.

Ster­ling work by the Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments, which re­acted with light­ning speed to the early warn­ing signs, en­sured that close to a mil­lion peo­ple were evacuated be­fore the cy­clone could do its worst. But, while the death toll stands at only 30, ex­ten­sive dam­age has been done to al­most 300,000 kutcha houses and 500,000 hectares of stand­ing crops, leav­ing the sur­viv­ing com­mu­ni­ties ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble. With re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work un­der­way, they are in des­per­ate need of food, wa­ter pu­ri­fy­ing tablets and tem­po­rary shel­ters.

We ap­peal to all those con­cerned to reach out to the sur­vivors by do­nat­ing gen­er­ously to the Care To­day Fund. Care To­day Fund is set up by the In­dia To­day Group to sup­port peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties in dis­tress.

THE DEV­AS­TA­TION IN CH­HA­TRA­PUR, GAN­JAM

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