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ARCHDIOCESE OF CUTTACK - BHUBANESWAR
CATHOLIC MISSION, BHUBANESWAR
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Archbishop's House
9/16, Satyanagar
Bhubaneswar - 751 007
Phone : 0674 - 502234
Fax : 0674 - 501817
6th January 2000.

SUPER CYCLONE : ORISSA
CARITAS / CRS / CATHOLIC MISSION
RELIEF & REHBILITATION PROGRAMME


Battered by nature's unexpected fury, shocked by the force of the tragedy that hit them, many of survivors are yet to come to terms with the harsh realities of life. Archdiocese of Cuttack - Bhubaneswar (Catholic Mission) with the cooperation of CARITAS INDIA, Catholic Relief Service (CRS) and Catholic hospital Association of India (CHAI) have jointly undertaken massive relief and rehabilitation in the Super Cyclone affected area.

First Stage of Relief work : Immediate Food & Medical Care :

Already in the first week of November, we have mobilised our clergy, religious, seminarians and volunteers. Our 25 teams moved into the affected areas. The first phase of the operation was to reach immediate relief such as food, medicines and some clothes, tarpolyne and polythene sheets A 60 member team of our volunteers did a pioneering job in disposing 87 corpses and 494 carcasses. In all 66,581 families received the benefits of our work.

Second Stage of Relief : Short term rehabilitation :

In this stage we are giving special attention to 30.000 selected families. Each of them will be provided with a family kit consisting of : essential utensil, a set of clothes, agricultural implements as well as seeds, to start their life allover again. It will also include some :Food or Work" programme. There is also plan to repair some school buildings and to start non-formal schools. The program began on 4th of January. The program which has focused our attention is cleaning of wells. and the surroundings with the aim of providing better drinking water facilities to the people.

ECHO - Project :

A. Disposal of Corpse and Carcasses

Consistent with the objectives set forth in the project, the implementing agency have taken al possible steps within its capacity to expedite the work. Keeping in mind the priorities, disposal of Corpse and carcasses were carried out within the shortest notice from 1st Nov.'99 to 5th Dec.'99. within this period 987 corpse and 1489 carcasses were disposed off.

B. Well Cleaning

The well cleaning teams after recruitment were given a day's orientation. The contend of the orientation include (a) Creating awareness for participation, self responsibility to request the team for the cleaning and treatment of water. (b) secondly imparting hygienic way of sharing the water that has been cleaned for common benefit and (c) to infuse among them the responsibility and awareness of community's collective strength in dealing with emergency situation. After this initial orientation the team is made to plan out strategies and methodologies to handle threats and consequences of self-vested interests. The logistic coordinators are further given intensive instructions to effectively plan in changing situations for effective and rapid movement of the teams by identifying strategic geographical locations, routes and meeting points etc. emphases are also given to speedy movements and coverage of areas affected in order to prevent spread of water-born diseases and sicknesses. Collaborations with other organizations like Oxfam, Unicf and Actionaid were sought to improve the quality of service delivery and water purity. Water sanitation expects were given a common water treatment briefings to have a uniform system and practice. Oxfam \India is providing ' Del Agua' ( water testing kit) to test the purity of the water being treated.

In order to facilitate proper coordination a team leader is elected among the 5 members to lead and guide them. The logistic coordinator facilitates support, identification of villages in the priority list movement and coordination of all efforts at the field levels and to mediate with the program leader is in touch with all the leaders and logistic coordinators and further provides on spot delivery of materials and personnel resources.

C. The operational areas.

Jagatsinghpur District.

  NAME OF THE BLOCK NAME OF THE GRAM PANCHAYAT NUMBER OF WARDS COVERED NO. OF WELLS CLEANED
1 ERSAMA Padmpur 25 140
    Kunjakuti   40
    Janikidaipuri   120
    Gada harispur   190
    Gada bishnupur   80
    Andhari   118
    Balitutha   240
    Dhinkia   111
    Nuagaun   135
    Balaipur   69
2 KUJANG - 4 248
1 MAHAKALPADA Mahakalapada 13 190
    Light house 11 310
    Jamboo   350
    Rajnagar   250
    Arunnagar   100
    Mangalpur   90
    Tanagaon   40
    Badamba   70
    Banakanda   60
    Bijaynagar 15 114
    Basadana 9 99
    Baulkuni 4 43
      Grand total 3207

Recipients: Characteristics of recipients reached.

The priority being to reach to the most needy villagers, the team ensures that public wells are cleaned first Secondly , the poorest of the poor are targeted and thirdly those villages which are not reach by any other Organization and who have no hand pumps (tubewells)

Touching Experience of the well cleaning teams.

The hospitality, humanness and cooperation is best found in the simple, rustic villagers is repeatedly proved during this operation,. The traditional caste leadership, the distinct role of the educated few and the common Indian custom of ownership of public assets are seen and felt prominently in the villages. The young and enthusiastic team members have lots to say about their touching experiences in their efforts to build rapport with the affected people. To Quote an instance, a village teacher Mr. Sethi , by name , on one occasion remarked rather sarcastically (taking for granted that the team came from government ‘s side), but on realisation of their worth he finally said:" Your are very small and young as my children, but I respect you for your work and intention to not only to clean the wells but the amount of energy you spent on creating awareness on water hygience" Saying so, he invied the team members for a cup of tea each. With that he further pointed out that he doesn’t care the district collector or the political Netas, who promise and o nothing hand he won’t invite even to sit with him even though they may represent the government and occupy high ranking position in the maddening society.

D. LIST OF FAMILIES FOR FAMILY KIT DISTRIBUTION

Dhanmandal 1494
Jajpur 1241
Cambridge School 355
Puri 7304
Pentakota 1000
* Kendrapara  
Mahakalpada Bolkoni 1398

Borakhanda

1593

Parilpunla

1034
Jagatsinghpur  
Balikuda Kusupur 936

Anantpur

778

Borikina

1169

Rahama

1332
Ersama Padmapur 1181

Gadaharishpur

1414

Janakideipur

948

Goda

1229

Somepur

1370
Cuttack  
Salepur Nandala 1446
Kendrapada S.J. School 42

Duburi

1341

VRO (Chandikhol)

21

Niswass

500
Total 29126

Third Stage : Long Term rehabilitation

More than a month after a Super Cyclone storm ripped through the 12 coastal districts of Orissa . Voluntary agencies and the State Govt. is faced with the task of rehabilitation and reconstruction in the affected region. The total cost of reconstruction and rehabilitation has not been fully assessed.

The Catholic Mission Coordination Committee along with Caritas India/CRS has drawn up a long term rehabilitation programme to the affected families. Caritas India in collaboration with Catholic Mission, Bhubaneswar is planing to rehabilitate 3500 families in Ballikuda, Ersama Blocks of Jagatsinghpur districts, Mahakalpada Block in Kendrapada district and Astarang & Kakatpur Blocks in Puri districts. The rehabilitation programme involves an integrated approach like the following:

1. community Health Programme in every Block
2. Livelihood Programmes : Providing fishing boats and nets to the fishermen
3. Low cost cyclone-proof houses & cyclone shelters
4. Agricultural rehabilitation : Providing seeds, implements and expertise
5. Repairs and reconstruction of School buildings.

DISTRIBUTION OF RELIER METERIALA (Till 12th Dec.’1999)

Commodities

Quantity

Bulgur

14,699 (bags) (735.95mts)

s.oil

3,320 lits

EBs

4,248 bags

Chuda

2,339 (116.95 mts)

Bisuits

368 quantal

Jaggery

945 bags (47.25 mts)

Mineral water

20,200 bottles

Candles

4,000 nos

Match box

970 nobs

Blankets

49,590

T. Shirts

11,130

Children garments

1,506

Tarpaulin & Polytene sheets

24,310

Lanterns

5,004

Bleaching powder

698

Sarees

66,000

Lungies

13,100

Towels

8,012

Short Pants

4,000 pcs

Medicines

614 carpons

K.Stoves

4,800 pcs

Used clothes

325 bales

Chlorine tables

2,00,000


CATHOLIC MISSION, BHUBANESWAR
Archbishop's House , Satyanagar, Bhubaneswar-751 001, Orissa .
Gram:Archbishop's House
Tel:91-674- 502234
Fax: 91674-501817
E-mail:
crcdc@dte.vsnl.net.in

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