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Subadh Kumar Nayak

Cuttack: Eight days since cyclone Fani devastated several parts in Odisha, relief still eludes people at Nimeisapur village in Cuttack district. Villagers alleged that despite losing almost everything in the cyclone, they have not got assistance from the State government. Besides, no administrative official has visited the village to assess the damage.

The locals alleged that they are facing acute drinking water shortage owing to lack of electricity post cyclone. Most of the villagers are now spending days and nights under open sky as their kutcha houses have been blown away by cyclone Fani. Some even find it hard to cook food as all their belongings including utensils have been completely damaged.

"It is already eight days to cyclone Fani, but the officials are yet to visit the village. We are now open to all elements as our houses have been damaged in the cyclone. While the roofs of the houses have been blown away, the walls have developed cracks and we are afraid to stay inside with our children," said a woman of Nimeisapur village.

Another local said, "Normal life in the village has been paralysed due to the cyclone. Since there are some hand pumps in the village we somehow meet daily water requirements. However, the power sector has been severely hit. But, till now no government officials visited us nor we got any help from them."

With no other option, the locals have started the power restoration works by themselves. They now work round the clock to bring back normalcy in their Fani-hit village.

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