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Watch: Biju Yuva Vahini’s Efforts To Rebuild Puri After Cyclone FANI

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10 May 2019


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Puri: After putting up praiseworthy efforts in the aftermath of Cyclone Titli last year, the young and enthusiastic volunteers of Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) have now engaged themselves in distributing relief and helping in restoration works after Cyclone FANI wreaked havoc in Puri.

From shifting people to cyclone shelters to clearing uprooted trees, these youths have done it all. Santosh Maharana of Harachandi Basti said, “As soon as the storm calmed down, I gathered my friends and we started looking for people in vulnerable places. While many had been evacuated, some were still in their houses. We gathered all of them and shifted them to the multi-purpose cyclone shelters.”

“I am also staying in one of the shelters. But, community work comes first. Every day, I engage myself in clearing trees, roads and low-lying wires to ensure smooth transportation,” he added. The volunteers are also helping in distributing dry food items to the evacuated persons at the shelters.

After a long day of work, Santosh comes back to his temporary home hoping that normalcy will return soon. Till then, he is ready to selflessly put in all the time and effort. Braving all odds, several other BYV volunteers like Santosh have joined hands to restore normalcy in the coastal town.

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Santosh Maharana