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Cyclone FANI Aftermath: As Bhubaneswar Struggles For Water, Good Samaritans Extend Helping Hand


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06 May 2019

Ommcom News


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Bhubaneswar:  In the hope of receiving water; buckets, pots and containers are being lined up in a slum at Gandamundaevery day since the landfall of Cyclone FANI. With one pipe going across the containers, several eyes anxiously hope that their buckets are filled to the brim.

This is the scene of Tarini Basti. After cyclone FANI, the slum dwellers are facing hard times, with no water supply or electricity to meet their basic daily needs. Fights over a bucket of water are a common sight in every slum with small unkempt children loitering around the broken shacks. 

People are busy gathering their bits, in a hope to rebuild their broken homes, waiting eagerly for some relief materials.

Manibala Sahoo, a resident of the basti, explained, “FANI has completely devastated us. Our roofs are gone, no rations, all belongings totally damaged, we all were frightened. Sleep eluded us, and in this distressful time, Syndicate Bank employees came  to our rescue. They are providing us water twice, and khichdi once daily.” 

Long queues of men, women and children all holding atleast a single container patiently wait for their turn to fill it up with gushing water. 

Amar Sharma, an employee of Syndicate Bank said, “Many houses in the slum lost their roofs after the wind, so we called thepeople and asked them to stay in our basement. Water is something which no one can do without. So our zonal manager Murlidhar Behera decided to supply water to these people. This is our bank’s decision to give khichdi and water till electricity is not restored.”

Another Sarojini Jena said, “After FANI, we were not able to leave our house. With no electricity, nowater, we are just surviving. But, we are thankful to Syndicate bank for the sense of hope and relief they have provided us.”

With such Good Samaritans uniting to fight against all odds, Bhubaneswar is limping back to normalcy in the aftermath of Cyclone FANI.

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Amar Sharma

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Sarojini Jena