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Picking up the pieces after Cyclone Fani

In the previous article I detailed about hardships of Cyclone Fani. After 20 days and after counting of general election at India as well as assembly election we do find that the process of getting relief materials is accelerated. This is a soothing news considering Cyclone Fani comes in the wake of time when there is election and no government can actively help due to restrictions from election commission of India.

Man proposes but God disposes:


At last the process of general election ends and after the counting on May 23, 2019 we came across that government is active again. In Odisha, the ruling BJD party comes with mammoth majority and in India Modi government came with triple hundred of seats. In Odisha BJP goes up in parliament seat from one to eight and in assembly election BJP becomes major opposition party removing and pacing Congress to miserably third position.

Relief after Cyclone Fani:

Throughout Odisha, the ruling party BJD comes back again in assembly election. At Puri the five time MLA, the stubborn leader of BJD, Maheswar Mohanty surprisingly lost to BJP. This means we do feel that the releif will stayed out of our locality as the result of it. Suddenly, one big fellow with a small motor cycle reached and told daddy to reach to Dutt Totha where the counting of releif to the persons who have no ration card is undergoing.


Daddy and the neighbour person went to Dutt Totha and there they submitted their Adhar card and and the numbers of members in the family and their Adhar numbers. In this way, the importance attached with Adhaar card comes into lime light. This means that within shortest possible of time, we will r I can receive payment of 2000 anf 50 kg of rice as per releif related with Cyclone Fani.


After some days three persons from government came and they came with camera and they ask for Adhaar card and they write down the Adhaar number, then they ask for what are the deastruction casued due to advent of Cyclone Fani, they took the screenshot with the camera and then they ask for cold water and then they went away. This means that in the times to come perhaps the major releif in terms of monetary help for reconstructions of destruction caused due to excessive super cyclone Fani.


This means that the process of aid and investments from governments is slowly, reaching to us and even after toiling hard for last 20 days we are slowly getting major helps from government and this makes the process of releif are reaching to us and this makes us feeling nice and good. In the mean time, we see how the electric wire circulated from one side to other and reaching to ours electric pole.


The prospects of coming up electric lights slowly at the increase, electric persons told us that light will come at night of 24th May 2019 and at exactly 7.40 pm light came and it came after almost 21 days of cyclone Fani. During these difficult times, for the first time in my life time I stayed for almost 21 days without lights and it increases as first the light connection come nearer to ours area but ours locality does not have light connection.


I can remember when I was four to five years old, daddy’s posting was at Nayagarh, State Bank of India as Cash Officer and there after rain light will cut for two to three days. In the days at Udala Mayurbhanj, there in the week days there used to be cyclone with rain and the power cut will have for almost two to three days in the long run. During that time the electric connections comes up from Khunta few kilometers from udala and it is at the similar distance from Mayurbhanj and this means that in this time at Puri town where for almost 21 days we were at the state of no electricity.

Necessity is the mother of invention:


So, for me it is a record or sort but this record I musr wish to forget indeed. Thankfully, the electric connectivity came and it came with higher voltages as the other connection from ours poles are cut and for this entire phase connectivity comes to ours home and it destroys some balls and one ceiling fan of ours.


In the mean time, installation of tubewell completed. It took almost three days to complete. Now, with the availability of alternative water source, the tension of light not there is almost not there, as for every house hold there must convenient for second water sources other than water motors as water motors runs when there is electricity.


A tubewell which can run without electricity, is a must for every house hold as it can provide water when there is no electricity. At home one must prepare for availability of water through sources other than one. Similarity the presence of alternative water sources such as that of inverter or generator is a must as it can provide releif from power cut or power failures for the shorter durations.


Alternatives to electricity and water in the house hold is a must as it can provide convenience for users in the times of distess. One cannot anticipate, when will natural disaster will come and in what way it will come and what amount and scope of destruction will there at the presence of people. If there is earthquake then even the presence of dual water presence such as tubewell as well as that of water motor connectivity, can face destruction in these times.

Man proposes and God disposes. We cannot feel the safe in the presence of natural calamities. We can make only the conveniences, but we cannot predict what are the safest route and convenient process but still we can try hard to maintain the process of safe practices, but still we can move towards the process of absolute relief which is a myth indeed but we can try to safer and move towards absolute, safe heaven is a myth indeed.

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6th May 2019, three days aftermath of Cyclone Fani

This post was most recently updated on May 31st, 2019

Cyclone Fani came and went and this is about 4 to 5 days now. Puri market is slowly opening. Now, in the market the cost of lean candles are that of 80 to 120 rupees. No law enforcing authorities are stopping these people to sell at such high prices. Electricity is still not there. Water scarcity, and still that time no provisions of drinking water at our locality.

Eveready torches which takes one or three or four pencil batteries are now in the market. They are selling these torche at very high cost. After some time government offering these torches free of cost and to each person with Adhar Card one torches and these are there nearer to main police station of Puri town.

Suddenly, neighbour came and said that the persons of local councillor came here, and distributing some relief materials and they gave us one packet and for the first time we do feel the presence of government in some way after four to five days of Cyclone Fani.

Life in Puri, Odisha continues to grim three days after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani

When I moved into Puri town after three to four days of onset of this cyclone I do find as if I were in at a different world. Post office, banks, ATMs each and every possible financial institutions were out of order. People needs money the liquidity of finance but not able to collect even for their own accounts. Summer is at its extreme peak.

There is no chances of any wind and the heat of summer is at its peak. Ours terrace asbestos completely broken so direct sun light comes into it and that makes the environment warmer. I could see there are no chances of anywhere the presence of rescue operations as trees are broken and the amount of destruction in and around Puri town is clearly visible. We received some relief material and with it comes dried rice, some candles, some biscuit packets and some match box.

Dried rice helps us immensely in these tiring and disturbing situation. For first time after Cyclone Fani we ate rice and dalma cooked by mummy at home. Till then we are eating foods brought from outside as such is the tiresome moments with no water and electricity we tend to move towards the state of an era of before christ the age of dark ages.

In the mean time my younger sister underwent severe surgery at Apollo Hospital Chennai, 10 days before the advent of Cyclone Fani and she was also feeling the brunt of difficulties with it and each day a compounder comes to dressing her wounds after surgery and he used to take 200 rupees for the 10 minute dressing.

Daddy bought 8 large torches and my younger sister’s 4 year old son used to be afraid of dark and use to take two torches in his hand and show to the roof so that light will always with him. He used to switched on torches and hold two in his hand and show to the rood of rooms in order to remove the darkness and the eagerness of the four year child is completely eminent.

In the meantime Khuntia Petrol Pump which is at the heart of Puri town opens with generators and this used to remove the worries of people who have plenty of worries of collecting petrols at high rates from collecting outside at according to people outside petrol pumps the cost of petrol was almost 200 rupees per litre. With opening up petrol pumps on 6th of May three days aftermath of Cyclone Fani major worries of people of having petrols or diesels for their vehicles gone for the time being.

Opening up of terrace door three days after Cyclone Fani:

In the Cyclone Fani, the rooftop of terrace asbestos flied to somewhere and the door of terrace which is the entrance towards terrace locked and difficult to open. Due to cyclone and rain entire roof top is covered with water due to presence of large number of branches of trees as well as that of glasses that comes from nearby Vishal Mega Mart glassed windows.

Despite trying hard we cannot open the terrace door situated at the end of high rise steps at home. We have to find the alternative route, as from the side of neighbour, their steps is blocked due to fall of coconut trees as well as glasses and other materials which flies from anywhere due to onset of Cyclone Fani.

So, we decided to move to terrace from the side of opening up asbestos but some how with the help of large tables I reach at the top but moving to the down is difficult. As the parts of cement structures which break when asbestos flied stopped me to jump from the top to the surface of terrace. That means the second strategy to break into terrace flopped and now we have to strategise another strategy to open up terrace as the water is not moving there from anywhere and it can weaken the roof top out from there.

Now, me and daddy came to entrance of ours home and from there through boundaries I climbed into walls and then into terrace and then I reached towards the main door of terraces which locked due to force of Cyclone Fani, and I had to remove the support of door which was made of cement and iron and then after almost trying hard for 15 minutes the door finanly opens and daddy came to terrace and we both cleared all branceh, glasses and other flying objects roaming here and there.

After removing all of these, finally, we cleared all obstacles that garbaged nearer to drains of terrace and then the water which was stored as the result of this removed from there and terrace blockage of doors and blockages of waters completely removed from that position.
When the nigh came, it appeared as if we were entering into an era of pre-historic days where there is no power supply, no water.

People used to not to venture out to market after eight pm of night as there was no electricity in Puri town, entire route was filled with darkness and there were rumours that thugs from outside states came to this town with gangs and can attack people and loot money by taking the help of darkness and for this after eight pm entire Puri town compelled to sleep of stayed at home.

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