In October 2013 Cyclone Phailin swept across the Eastern coast of Odisha leaving large parts of the state devastated. Four months later many of the survivors continue to wait for government compensation.
Community Correspondent Nitu Chakia picked up a camera a few days after the worst of the cyclone was over to document the situation in her neighbouring area.
Jayakrushna and his family, residents of Shanti Nagar in Bhubaneshwar municipal council, were living in ankle deep water in their houses. The cyclone had blown a hole in the wall making it collapse.
The Odisha Relief Code offers a paltry sum of Rs.1000 for the renovation of houses that have been broken in the cyclone. The code has not been updated since 1996!
"It is a small amount and still these residents haven't been given any compensation. They should have immediately been given medical and food aid. The compensation should also be increased" says Nitu.
Call to Action: Please call the District Collector of Odisha on 0674-2536949 and ask him to ensure that the residents get their compensation immediately.
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