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 compensation promised by the government.
Community Correspondent Abhishek Das reports on the situation of farmers Sialiti village in Nupada District after the cyclone. Though located in the western parts of the State, the farmers here too lost crops because of the strong winds.
Patiram had made Rs.50,000 last year from his crops, but this year he says he will feel lucky even if he gets half. Like many farmers, he has a heavy loan to pay off and he seems unsure that he will be able to pay it off.
Officials did visit the village after this video was made. The estimate they gave for compensations is about 30% of the original value of the paddy and cotton crops destroyed.
Call to Action:
Please call the District Collector, Mr Jay Kumar on 06678225463 and ask him to ensure that the farmers in Nuapada get proper compensation.
Strong winds accompanied by heavy rains flattened all of the standing crops.
54 families, who have been living in forests for generations, were forcefully removed overnight.