India Today - - LEISURE -

O n the night of Oc­to­ber 12, the coastal pop­u­la­tions of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh faced a deadly cy­clone, the strong­est to hit the states in 14 years.

Cy­clone Phailin made land­fall at Gopalpur, Odisha. The Odisha dis­tricts of Nabarang­pur, Kand­hamal, Ja­jpur, Ken­dra­para, Ko­ra­put, Bala­sore, Naya­garh, Keon­jhar, Bhadrak and Cut­tack were also af­fected. Sub­se­quent flood­ing caused mas­sive dam­age in Gan­jam, Ja­gats­ingh­pur, Puri, Khurda and Ga­jap­ati dis­tricts.

Ster­ling work by the Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments, which re­acted with alacrity to 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 a mere 30, over 300,000 kutcha houses and 500,000 hectares of stand­ing crops suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age, leav­ing sur­viv­ing com­muni- ties 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, set up by the In­dia To­day Group to sup­port peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties in dis­tress. Pop­u­la­tion af­fected 8 mil­lion-plus To­tal blocks af­fected 99 To­tal gram pan­chay­ats af­fected 1,895 To­tal vil­lages af­fected 145,014 Ur­ban bod­ies af­fected 39 Kutcha houses par­tially/com­pletely dam­aged over 300,000 Crops de­stroyed 500,000 hectares Num­ber of peo­ple dead 30

Donors in In­dia op­er­at­ing on ru­pee ac­counts are re­quested to draw cheques & DDs in favour of “Care To­day A/C Odisha

Cy­clone Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Fund”

Donors out­side In­dia op­er­at­ing ac­counts in cur­ren­cies other than the ru­pee are re­quested to draw cheques and de­mand drafts

in favour of “Care To­day Fund”

For de­tails on dona­tion through

bank trans­fer, please send an email to balaji.singh@in­to­day.com

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