Kendrapara, May 7 (LocalWire): The coastal villages of Kendrapada learnt their lessons well from past experiences and saved themselves from the fury of Fani.
‘Zero Loss of Life’ was our mission and we fulfilled our aim. Credit goes to government officials, police, panchayat members, SHGs and other volunteers.
Around two lakh people were evacuated on 2 May before Fani struck the state, said Sanjay Mishra the sub-Collector of Kendrapara.
In 1999 Super Cyclone, 386 people perished in the coastal pockets of the district. But this year only three people died due to wall collapse and snapping of tree branches.
The fighting spirit of Ramanagar,Kharinashi, Batighar, Suniri, Jamboo, Badatubi, Kansarbadasandua , Petachela, Badiha,Jadupur , Tentulikandha and other villages of the district came to the fore as they left their villages for safer places, said Arabinda Mandal, former sarpanch of Jamboo gram panchayat.
Hundreds of trees uprooted in the gale and many houses were damaged but there were minimal deaths.
‘My life changed foreverin October 1999 when I lost my father, wife and two minor daughters in the super cyclone,’ said Antrajami Swain of Tentulikhola village.
‘This year we were evacuated even before the storm lashed and the authorities arranged our stay in a cyclone shelter in our village.
Like me, almost all the seaside villagers were saved by moving to safer places as they lost their relatives in 1999 gale,’ added Antrajami.
‘I lost my family members in 1999. Mobile phones helped us to alert other villagers,’ said Arjun Maiti of village Suniti.