Fani Cyclone Relief, Orissa

May 28th, 2018
A few weeks after the severe cyclone storm Fani dissipated upwards from Orissa’s coasts, I visited the State to see the situation for myself. The Government had set an example globally by issuing warnings and taking precautions that significantly averted the loss of human lives.
However the distribution of government aid was barely enough - a mere Rs.2000, 50kg of rice and a tarpaulin sheet was provided.
With the help of local social worker Ratnakar Sahoo & Photography Promotion Trust, I tagged along with 120 Battalion Army in relief distribution to some of the neediest villages of Chandanpur, Brahmgiri and Satpada. Twenty-five days since the cyclone, they were averaging relief to over 340 people a day and had even reached out to hamlets where the government is unable to reach.
The pictures report the relief efforts by the military in areas near the coast of Orissa 
Col. DD Swain, Commanding Officer of 120 Infantry Battalion, Bihar, Bhubaneswar mad1e the relief distribution possible through his own network of school mates and friends. Using a community based rehabilitation model, the Infantry battalion provided aid to over 30,000 people in areas of Brahmagiri, Chandanpur, Sadar block, Kanas and many hamlets around the coast.
Col. DD Swain, Commanding Officer of 120 Infantry Battalion, Bihar, Bhubaneswar mad1e the relief distribution possible through his own network of school mates and friends. Using a community based rehabilitation model, the Infantry battalion provided aid to over 30,000 people in areas of Brahmagiri, Chandanpur, Sadar block, Kanas and many hamlets around the coast.
At the remote Brahmania Sahi village, kids follow the 120 Battalion relief truck.
At the remote Brahmania Sahi village, kids follow the 120 Battalion relief truck.
Grateful for their relief efforts, one of the on-ground volunteers, Aditya Kiran hugs the two army men.
Grateful for their relief efforts, one of the on-ground volunteers, Aditya Kiran hugs the two army men.
Men of the harijan community (a term they refer to themselves by) await their turn with Aadhaar card in hand to collect the relief.
Men of the harijan community (a term they refer to themselves by) await their turn with Aadhaar card in hand to collect the relief.
A small scuffle breaks out at Barbhati hamlet occupied by harijans (a term they refer to themselves by) during the distribution of sanitary pads on World Menstrual Hygiene day, May 28th.
A small scuffle breaks out at Barbhati hamlet occupied by harijans (a term they refer to themselves by) during the distribution of sanitary pads on World Menstrual Hygiene day, May 28th.
After their house collapsed, Sita Bhoi and her son Avinash have took shelter in a Swacch Bharat toilet in the village of Biranarasinghpur, Chandanpur.
After their house collapsed, Sita Bhoi and her son Avinash have took shelter in a Swacch Bharat toilet in the village of Biranarasinghpur, Chandanpur.
Sukant Mahana (son) and Narsing Mahana (father) faced losses of 2 lacs. They are betel leaf farmers and have already set up their shed to continue operations in Chandanpur.
Sukant Mahana (son) and Narsing Mahana (father) faced losses of 2 lacs. They are betel leaf farmers and have already set up their shed to continue operations in Chandanpur.
Narsing Mahana, a betel leaf farmer faced losses of 2 lac rupees. He wasted no time in setting up a new shed to continue operations in Chandanpur.
Narsing Mahana, a betel leaf farmer faced losses of 2 lac rupees. He wasted no time in setting up a new shed to continue operations in Chandanpur.
Villagers took shelter in schools across affected areas of the coast.
Villagers took shelter in schools across affected areas of the coast.
Many electric grids were were damaged.
Many electric grids were were damaged.
Many electric grids were were damaged beyond repair.
Many electric grids were were damaged beyond repair.

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