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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.

Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani at Puri of Odisha

Cyclone Fani touched Puri coast of Odisha on 3rd May 2019 at 8 am. Initially the speed of wind was 180 to 200 km per hour for about half an hour and then slowly its speed increased to 280 to 330 km per hour destroying houses all over inside Puri town. Power supply cut on 3rd of May 2019 at 7 am when at the initial period of cyclone Fani.

Then, all the electricity poles and wires uprooted from the base. All the cable lines cut and fly out anywhere. Asbestos of houses fly anywhere and many people become homeless. The speed of wind touched to 330 km per hour and at Puri we experienced the presence of small seconds of earthquakes but to our utter surprise seismometer not detect it at all.

It was for two day since the advent of cyclone Fani, where we the natives of Puri town became homeless, foodless, no electricity, no water and even the help from government agencies are almost no.

5th May 2019, two days after advent of Cyclone Fani:

No rain is there. Slowly, the heat of sun making difficult to live. No electricity and scarcity of water everywhere. The summer is out again. We were waiting for electricity at Puri but there was no official word on it. Everywhere there is confusions. We begin to read newspaper as while during morning walk, the paper hawkers used to ask us while purchasing of daily news paper, when will the help from government organisation come.

The general election as well as election for assembly completed. People were thinking that if at all election not complete then the politicians will help at their might to save people but that is not the case this time. The water stock at overhead tank was slowly reducing and this means that within shortest possible of time we will find the absolute state of water scarcity.

We have had borewell with overhead tank and the water comes through electric motor and for this the most necessity fact was to have electricity at ours own perusal. We do not have alternate water supply for us. Our tubewell was out of order and this means within some time we will find difficulties in getting water.

Cyclone Fani falls with its all might at 10.30 am with absolute superfast speed of 330 km per hour and during 11 am two earthquakes came and that shook the walls of ours home and we were afraid as if at any point of time tsunami will come to destroy the age-old civilisation of Puri town.

Cyclone Fani with earthquakes:

During that time at home my younger sister with his four year old son and my parents and myself at home and for the first time in my life I feel the pain of incoming of death and destruction and within shortest span the wind tore away ours doors and windows and that augments fear to multiple times.

Thankfully earthquake comes for few seconds otherwise entire ancient Puri town will submerged into sea water for years to come. We faced losses due to Cyclone Fani as it uprooted terrace asbestos and two asbestos of smaller rooms. After Cyclone Fani gone we searched for these broken asbestos but it flies distant and we do not find any trace of it at all.

For few seconds wind shook asbestos of terrace steps and then it flies like kites within few seconds. large coconut trees uprooted from its base and it broke the large boundary at the back side of ours house at Puri town. The severe of Cyclone Fani was such that we hardly knew the fierce of it as we knew after the cyclone Fani goes over and peace and calmness comes back.

During these absolute difficult times ours cooking was almost stopped and only cooking for my sister and his four year old son was there. My sister undergone big surgery and during recuperation time it is important for her to eat home-cooked food and that is why compulsory home cooking for both mother and child.

The fear during that time was that we have two gas cylinders but one is empty and during refill time the cyclone Fani came and this means we were left with only one half was of full gas cylinder and for my sister home-cooked food is a sure as she had to eat home-cooked food.

It was difficult times considering the hardships we were at and the imminent shortages of water, no electricity and the presence of patience and the small kid was adding miseriese to it. During this time, as there was no clear-cut news about the when will the power restoration and the generators man hiring generator for one hour and asking lump sum of 1000 rupees from people.

No government was there to help us in this very difficult times. As we were realising the level of water at overhead tank was fast reducing and for this daddy hired the generators and it connected to home line and then we started the motor to load water on overhead tank. Within ten minutes the motor stopped as the generator operator came with a light-weight generator and that means it will not make water to move to overhead tank.

In this way this experiment with generator proved to be mea flop show. Even after it stopped working the operator demanded money and then settled with 400 rupees and this means that in the absence of government run agencies, the private operators were demanding money even during such catastrophic situation where even banks after 20 days are not functioning in its normalcy.


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