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Shelter-less Cyclone Fani survivors brave searing heat

Rabindra Mallick and his family members in the Bhagbatpatna village in Puri district have been spending most of their time under the open sky for more than seven days. The majority of the families in the predominantly Dalit village have been left with no roof over their heads. “Although the community kitchen began functioning three days after the cyclone hit this village, taking care of our food needs, polythene sheets have not been provided. A similar situation prevails in almost all the villages in Puri district, and parts of the Khurdha district. The State government said that 9 lakh trees worth ₹270 crore have been lost inside forests and sanctuaries, and there has been a loss of 5 lakh trees worth ₹150 crore outside forests.

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