ODMP decided to hold a consultation meeting on 27th september 2019 on the topic CLIMATE CHANGE & WASH in collaboration with Gopabandhu Seva Parisad. Most of the NGOs belong to different districts of Odisha has been joined their hands for the said meeting and to be present in GSP’s Office at Balighat, Puri. All like minded social functionaries are welcome to attend the said meeting to express their opinions. thanks with regards.
Susurration of devastation FANI
The unprecedented and unexpected extremely severe cyclonic storm , FANI, one of the greatest disaster of this century which struck coastal odisha on May 03, 2019 has left massive devastation in Puri District. The resultant loss of human lives, livestock’s, infrastructure and agriculture is by now a thing of the past. All most all infrastructures like electricity, water supply and forest has been smashed out and the living conditions of people of these areas has been strucked. It is our endeavor to conduct a primary survey which reveals massive devastation of houses, agricultural crops, livestock’s resources as well as income generation resources. Official confirmation is available for 64 death toll, over 2 lakhs house damage, over 90% of the standing crops damaged worth thousands of crores Rupees. Extensive damage of coconut trees , betel nut trees and other fruit trees which resulted the loss of regular income of the people of this area.
Livelihood and Employment Restoration Programme (LERP)
For post cyclone programme the most vulnerable, marginalized households are targeted in this programme particularly female headed households, widows, elderly, disabled households of scheduled caste and scheduled tribes households with no altenative access to reliable employment. The programme is women-focused. Women are the main beneficiaries of this programme and have been involved in all aspects of the programme, from planning and implementation to evaluation stage. When setting up the programme, field staffs and implementing partners were given a detailed list of the targeting criteria in additions to holding several meetings to ensure that the criteria were clear and accepted by all.
Cyclone Fani has left behind a trail of devastation and acute suffering in Puri District of Odisha State. The challenge now is to restore the livelihood of people. It was extremely crucial to evacuate people as equally important to provide basic necessities so that people can stand on their own feet. The record of relief and rehabilitation efforts in Odisha is not good when compared to evacuation. If we go by government records, 11 districts in Odisha with a population of 1.07 crore, have been affected by cyclone Fani. This is big number and therefore government and civil society organization have a mammoth task in front of them.
Repairs and rehabilitation work need to be done quickly owing to the upcoming monsoon season. After the initial relief announced by the government should be done within six months to one year.
Houses must be immediately repaired, and then permanent houses should be built. In Puri district slum dwellers ,marginal /landless labourers , SC/ST people and agricultural labourers living in makeshift shanties have been rendered homeless without shelter, food or clean water. If one looks at the construction and repairing costs, the financial assistance seems inadequate. The employment generation like MGNREGA programme needs to be activated to clean debris in villages, urban slums and agricultural fields and to repair houses. Similarly the government decision to provide 50 kg of rice is not enough. We need to supplement it with other food items. Rs 2000 in cash can be used to buy food, medicines and other essential items. The food support is needed for at least 3 months/or until people get back their livelihood.
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