Berhampur, Oct 28 (LocalWire): In a noble gesture to bring smiles to the victims of recent mudslides, SP (Gajapati) Sarah Sharma celebrated Diwali with the villagers of Kulango under Gumma block in Gajapati district on Sunday.
Dancing with tribal kids, she also sang and lit the ornamental fireworks with them. ‘I spent some hours with the villagers during Diwali,’ she said while distributing sweets. The distressed villagers, however, forgot their sorrow and were happy with the SP among them.
‘We decided not to celebrate the festival of lights this year as our houses are damaged due to the massive mudslide triggered by heavy rains on Friday.
Despite the pain, our children felt happy as the SP herself celebrated the festival with them,’ said Natha Raita.
While 21 houses in Kulango under Badakalakote panchayat were totally damaged due to the mudslide, several other houses were partially damaged. The village has around 75 houses.
Sharma also visited the old age home at Paralakhemundi on the occasion.
While the SP decided to celebrate Diwali with mudslide victims, Collector Anupam Saha(Gajapati) celebrated the festival with orphan children at Nava Jeevan Child Care Institute.
Besides distributing sweets, he also discussed about their problems. At least five children, who had lost their parents to the severe cyclone Titli were housed in the institute.
Similarly, DIG, southern range, Satyabrat Bhoi, SP (Berhampur) Pinak Mishra and SP (Ganjam) Brijesh Rai celebrated the festival with people with disabilities at Berhampur and Chhatrapur.
On the eve of the festival Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the Collectors and SPs to celebrate the festival in child care institutes and to bring smiles to the faces of the destitutes.