The “super severe cyclone” that hit the State of Orissa, India on October 30th with a wind speed of 300 km/h is the worst of its kind. The official death toll stands at Eight Thousand and is expected to increase as authorities reach remote areas.At least 15 million marooned and over 2.5 million houses damaged in the coastal districts of Orissa. Ten districts are hit by the Super Cyclone: Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Khurda, Puri, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar. Most severe human loss occurred in Jagatsinghpur district (about 7,000). The 300 Kms wind and rain wiped out crops along a 140-kilometer coastal area. While the government is doing a massive operation to restore basic amenities, it is our duty to help the sectors that are most neglected in these calamities – public primary and secondary schools. More than 13,840 primary and upper primary school and 2404 high school buildings have been damaged in the super cyclone. Text books and teaching material worth Rs 29.21 crore have also been damaged. The INF will use the funds to help rebuild the schools and provide humanitarian aid to the villages that are severely damaged.
DONATING USED BLANKETS, SHEETS AND OTHER WINTER CLOTHING:
India Network Foundation is not involved in Clothes Donation Drive except providing link here for the benefit of our members Clean Blankets, Sheets, sweaters, and other winter clothes are requested by the distributing organizations in Orissa and these may be boxed and sent by UPS or by other means to the following address:
Mrs. Jayanti Patnaik
3209 Clear View Drive, NW
Canton, OH 44718
MARK THE CONTENTS OF THE BOX CLEARLY ON THE TOP. WASH THE CLOTHES AND FOLD THEM BEFORE BOXING (IF POSSIBLE PRESS THEM FOR EASY HANDLING). Other cloth items may also be sent to the above address but they take low priority due to the need for winter clothing is more urgent.