Kendrapara, May 16 (LocalWire): Two years ago when the family of four built a toilet under the Swachh Bharat scheme, they were happy to at last own a private space but little did they know how this space would one day be their only shelter.
Rendered homeless, after Cyclone Fani razed their mud-house, and turned back by pucca house-owners, Khirod Jena had nowhere to take shelter but in their own toilet, where they are now residing for the last 14 days.
‘Fani damaged our mud-walled thatched house beyond repair. As we had no place to take shelter from the relentless rain and thunder, we decided to stay inside the toilet.
At night, I sleep outside the toilet whereas my wife and two daughters stay here. We covered the pan with a sack to check the bad odour.
Since we reside inside the toilet, we are forced to defecate in the nearby field, said Khirod Jena, of Raghudeipur village under Derabishi block of the district.
‘We are ashamed to stay inside the toilet but we need polythene sheets to cover our damaged roofs. The authorities are yet to provide us with polythene sheets,’ said Anusuya, who studies plus two arts in a college.
‘Our house was damaged in the gale. Two acres of agricultural land where we produced summer (Dalua) paddy is also damaged in the untimely rains that were triggered by the cyclone. I don’t know how we will survive,’ said Khirod.
There are several villagers who are staring at a bleak future, strugglick to pick up pieces of life.
Sanjay Mishra, the sub- Collector of Kendrapara said, ‘1019 villages under 207 207 gram panchayats and 41 municipal wards with 75,8419 residents have been affected in the cyclone.
We will soon provide assistance for building houses to all the cyclone-affected families. We directed the BDO of Derabishi to provide polythene and other assistance to Khirod immediately.’