Relief Work for Nisarga Cyclone Victims during COVID-19 Pandemic
In 2020, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Maharashtra was hit by the tropical cyclone Nisarga. This wrath of nature caused immense damage to property and life. As part of our partnership with NALSAR for Migrant Workers, and with support of on-field organizations and community members, we were able to provide much-needed aid, consisting of ration, hygiene materials, solar lamps and tarpaulin sheets, to the affected areas of Raigad, Maharashtra.
Beneficiary-cum-volunteer, Sateesh Patil, played an important role in ensuring that aid reached the right people. His words give a first-hand account of the severity of the damage by the Nisarga Cyclone:
"The Nisagra cyclone that hit us on 3 June 2020 caused a lot of damage. Many houses were completely destroyed - they just flew away like leaves! The cyclone worsened the economic hardship that we were already facing due to COVID-19. Despite our challenges, we did not get any help from anyone even after a month. But as part of the Nalsar for Migrant Workers project, we received solar lamps, tarpaulin sheets, and ration kits from Foodshaala Foundation and The Resilient Foundation. This support has been very critical in times of crisis. The problem of electricity is very common in our villages, so solar lamps will be very useful even in the future. Because our villages are located in remote parts of the district, we never benefit from any relief work. This is the first time that we got such huge assistance. I am grateful from the bottom of my heart on behalf of our 10 villages."
Let’s also hear from the Resilient Foundation and Energy Swaraj Foundation, who played a key role in execution of this aid provision:
Energy Swaraj Foundation
"Distributed a kit to 250 families in Mhasala, Raigad block. These are very interior villages and as per the villagers, no other helped has reached before. Light is still not reached in these villages. We distributed Solar light, with an external panel of 8-10 hours battery backup, Tarpaulin sheets, and dry ration. The process of distribution gets delayed due to multiple reasons.