Posted by: orissafloods | September 30, 2008

Update on flood situation in Orissa

We had a meeting at Pratham office in Cuttack to take stock of the flood situation, relief work and our plan for the the rehabilitation phase. About 50 bloock coordinators of Patham along with about 10 district coordinators and 5 zonal cordinators and others attended the meeting. We also had representatives of UNICEF who attended the meeting to explore possibility of opening informal education centers in worst hit areas of the flood zone until schools are back to normal.

In the morning, a brief motivational training session was organised by Madhusudan Das (ex-AID Saathi and National Youth Project Coordinator) to motivate the volunteers for engaging in flood relief work with energy and enthusiasm. He also shared his considerable experience of working in disasters such as the Super Cyclone. Following the training every one present wrote a one page report on their experience of the flood in their area and the work they have been engaged in the last 10 days. Subsequently, 10 small groups were made under leadership of district coordinators to go out and collect donations from public in Cuttack city. A total Rs. 5087/- in cash was raised and a lot of
materials such as clothes, biscuit packets, medicines etc. where collected in large quantity. The experience of interacting with the public was very instructive. For example the team that I was with collected donations from shops and petrol pump and passers by. People invariably helped with amounts ranging from 50p to 100 Rs. Most of them shared their experience of the flood as many of them either were from nearby flood affected villages. People with tears in their eyes described how they had to pull out their near and dear ones from the flood and how they have been sending help to their near and dear ones. While many cursed politicians and professional social workers who use the disasters for their personal benefits, but everybody appreciated Pratham’s work and helped to their capability. It was a great opportunity to raise consciousness and awareness about the plight of flood affected.

It was decided to take up the following work in the next phase:

  1. A list of about 58 sites were selected to start Alternative Learning Centers for Chidlren in relief camps and or badly damaged villages wih non-functional schools. One or two volunteers from the area will be engaged in this work under supervision of block coordinators. A honorarium of Rs. 250/- per volunteer will be paid for one month or until situation improves significantly.
  2. 2. The package of compensation announced by government will be printed and distributed to all volunteers (10000 copies) so that people would be aware about the compensation package. Pratham volunteers will help those who are unable to get the compensation due to various difficulties and corruption.
  3. A letter was given to BDO of different blocks to involve Prathama and its vounteers in the ongoing relief work – particularly in distribution of bleaching powder and halogen tablets to help purify contaminated water bodies in villages.

At the end of the meeting each Block cordinator left with a packet of relief materials and Teaching Learning materials for use in his/herrespective areas.

So far an expense of 1.63 lakhs has been incurred from the funds made available by AID. A break up of the expenses will be provided in a day or two.

Dhanada Misrha

Affected Area List for Non Formal Learning Centers

Sl District Name Block Name Grama Panchyat Village Name
1 Khurda Balianta Prataprudrapur Talaharijan Sahi
2 Khurda Balipatana Pampola Gadabantapur
3 Khurda Jatani Pradhan Sahi Pradhan Sahi
4 Nayagarh Bhapur Fatepur Manipur
5 Nayagarh Bhapur Karbar Badabar
6 Baudh Kantamal Ghantapada Ghantapada
7 Jagasinghpur Kujanga Sailo Teramanpur
8 Jagasinghpur Biridi Ukundara Ukundara
9 Jagasinghpur Biridi Purana Chuasikhanda
10 Jagasinghpur Tirtol Kanimul Lankapada
11 Bhadrak Dhamnagar Khadipada Khadipada
12 Puri Astaranga Nagar Dakhinapantala
13 Puri Pipil Teisipur Teisipur
14 Puri Delanga Siripurustampur Bidharpur
15 Puri Delanga Jenapur Jenapr
16 Puri Nimapara Salanga Odual
17 Puri Nimapara Badasirubula Badagaon
18 Jajpur Binjharpur Ranapur Naranpur
19 Jajpur Bianjharpur Ranapur Kantipur
20 Jajpur Bianjharpur Chadramua Malipur
21 Jajpur Dhamasala Patunia patunia
22 Jajpur Dhamasala Patunia Hamjapur
23 Jajpur Badachana Arakhapur Arakhapur
24 Jajpur Rasulpur Rahama Sukudeipur
25 Jajpur Bari Kalamatia Jorkul
26 Jajpur Dasarathpur Dattapur NarayanPur
27 Jajpur Korai Bandola Balia
28 Jajpur Korai Mulapal Salaba
29 Jajpur Jajpur Malaanandapur Arakhita Adibasi Sahi
30 Jajpur Jajpur Similia Sathiatikiri
31 Jajpur Jajpur Sandapur Madhapur
32 Jajpur Jajpur Nath Sahi Nath Sahi
33 Kendrapara Kendrapara Kalapada Tunupur
34 Kendrapara Kendrapara Kalapada Samagudia
35 Kendrapara Kendrapara Shyamsundarpur Jutaali
36 Kendrapara Kendrapara Shyamsundarpur Maradpur
37 Kendrapara Mahakalapara Baulakani Baulakani
38 Kendrapara Mahakalapara Ramnagar Pitapata
39 Kendrapara Mahakalapara Khurusia Khurusia
40 Kendrapara Mahakalapara Patalipanka Patali
41 Kendrapara Garadapur Bangalpur Sanasalar
42 Kendrapara Garadapur Bangalpur Lunakarandia Iland
43 Kendrapara Marhaghai Jalapaka Jalapaka
44 Kendrapara Marhaghai Jalapaka Smrutipur
45 Kendrapara Marhaghai jainpada jainpada
46 Kendrapara Marhaghai Antei Antei
47 Cuttack Kantapara Postala Sudusalio
48 Cuttack Kantapara Postala Andei Sahi
49 Cuttack Narsinghpur Padamal Padamal
50 Cuttack Narsinghpur Debabhuin kandhala
51 Cuttack Narsinghpur Debabhuin Bhusuka
52 Cuttack Narsinghpur kamaladhiha Ranibhuin Gaon
53 Cuttack Tigiria Badanauput Khandahata
54 Cuttack Cuttack Sadar Barala Chanduli
55 Cuttack Salepur Mutaripha Athamania
56 Cuttack Salepur Mutaripha Kothobada
57 Cuttack Salepur Champati Gopinathpur
58 Cuttack Salepur Champati Bateswar


  1. List of nonformal cnter corrected- no42 as Sisua – not Luna karandia island/ 44- as suratipur.The dry foods distributed in vill. Kusunpur of Badabetera Gp of garadpur Block. TEheda in Janrabarimul GP of Derabisi Block, Of kendrapara Dist. Amiya jena.

  2. Many many thanks for your inciative in this disaster people of orissa. first i thanks to group of Pratham , then oriya volunteers.

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