Chandaka May 27 (LocalWire) After the large scale damage caused by cyclone Fani, a group of students had started a relief initiative for the storm-hit villages in the vicinity of Bhubaneswar.
The team was led by Amlan Bibhudatta, who’s a student of Ashoka University, Delhi, along with Sachin Mohapatra of Navnirman Association, an NGO.
Sailing close to the wind, these young soldiers travelled to areas ravaged by the storm and difficult to reach to set up seven relief collection centers.
The Biggies and Burger Outlets at Shahid nagar, ITER, Patia, Pal Heights, Adhar Fresh (Mausima Mandir outlet), Asha Kiran Child Home (Sailashree Vihar), QDOBA and Eat street (Ram mandir) had been turned into relief collection centers.
The public response was immense. People donated old clothes, food and other relief items in huge quantity which were collected in huge boxes placed at the centers. The centers were open from 11 am till 7 pm. Amlan and Sachin and their associate Siddharth were volunteering the collection process.
All the items were for free, the only expenditure the team had to bear was on transportation to different areas for carrying the relief items, said Amlan.
The team had visited over half a dozen places including Firkinali, Pitagadia, Godibari, Dandasahi Chandanpur, Puri and Jatani under the Chandaka forest division, covering over 1,200 affected people.
These visits were conducted in phases in collaboration with Navnirman Association and Yuva Utkala, another NGO. The biggest exercise in terms of people covered was conducted at Firkinali and Pitagadia.
In a parallel drive, two members of the team, Amlan and Kamlesh Mohanty took a survey of the houses damaged by elephants after the cyclone.
It was found that at least 17 houses were damaged in Chandaka village by elephants.
The raids left the villagers with no electricity to charge their mobile phones, which at a time of crisis could be a lifesaver. They had to travel 20 km to charge their phones.
“I wished more volunteers could join us but I am thankful to those who have joined us. I’m proud that we were of some help to the people of my city at the time of need,” Amlan told Localwire.