Bhubaneswar: The cyclone Titli which created a massive destruction in coastal Odisha is yet to get back to normalcy. It has been over a month and villagers of worst affected the Gnajam districts are waiting for the restoration of their normal life. The memories of the disaster are still fresh in the minds of the people.
Despite government efforts, the rehabilitation of affected families are very slow and some villages are still disconnected from the rest of the world as the roads connecting their village are waiting for immediate repairing.
Villagers of Kerandi in Rayagada block, which is inhabited by 57 families have been living without basic amenities. The situation has gone worst post-Cyclone Titli, and the situation is more aggravated ever since.
However, the govt provided each villager with 50 kg of rice, one thousand cash, plastic sheet, and some packed food items but those appeared to be insufficient.
Following the cyclone, flood and landslide-hit massively to these remote villages and their connectivity are totally lost from the rest of the world.
Villagers are waiting for the aid announced by the state government of three thousand rupees post-cyclone. Villagers have said that revenue officers are giving only assurance and they are yet to receive the amount in their bank account.
In case of a medical emergency, the villagers complained of going extra miles to reach the nearest primary health center. The block health center of Rayagada is 40 km from their village and beyond their reach.
Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) supervisor, Latika Pujari has reportedly said to have deposited the forty-five rupees for children under the age group of 15 and sixty rupees for those above 12 years of age for 15 days have been deposited their bank accounts.
However, villagers have reported that they are yet to receive any amount in their account. According to district child protection officer, Arun Kumar Tripathy, the beneficiaries’ bank passbooks have some mistakes and this might be the reason for which the money for 15 days’ expenses after cyclone could not have been credited to their accounts. Steps will be taken to get the money transferred to their respective accounts after a fresh survey,” said Tripathy.