2020 has been the most difficult year for all of us due to COVID19. But a cyclone on top of that in June2020 has destroyed life of people in Dapoli, Konkan Maharashtra , my native. We all know Konkan is known for its natural beauty with a blend of wonderful beaches and Sahyadri range, which gives us the spiritual bliss by their sheer presence. And not to mention the coconut farms and the king of fruits - Alphanso (Hapus) Mangoes which is the biggest gift konkan gives us every year.
Severe Cyclonic Storm Nisarga was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Indian state of Maharashtra, since 1891 and has left a devastating impact on the people and this whole area.
Almost every house has been damaged, roofs flown away and heavy rain fall continues causing water to seep inside houses, damaging floors and walls along with grains storage.
Even today most of the people don't have electricity and phone services due to cyclone.
100% of people are impacted with house damages and most importantly with the damages of their farms and their livelihood.
80 to 90% of the coconut and mango trees have been uprooted.It takes about 25 years to rebuild such a farm and people’s emotions are attached to it.
We take care of our farms like our children. This natural calamity has taken away the main source of income for people here. People say they can see the beach 1 to 2 km far from their house now since no tree is left on the way, all wiped out in this cyclone.
In the people’s own words from there - we have gone 25 years back in time in our lives, we have to rebuild it , but it will take so much time again.
People from Konkan have always known the struggle to live life in hard times but are never complaining. The spirit to fight and rebuild life is still alive, but looking at the damage (estimated damage as per wiki $600 million) it is going to take another 20 years to correct the wrong. A few NGOs are on the ground helping people, but to recover the damage, monetary help is much needed at the moment.
So here, in association with OVBI, an Art of Living organization and other NGOs volunteers on the ground, we are doing this donation drive to help people in the Dapoli region. We continue to assess the ongoing needs , but your urgent gift will enable us to respond now in the form of
1. Repairing schools and other public organizations.
2. Distribution of coconut and palm trees.
3. Distribution and regrow Alphanso(Hapus) and other mango trees.
4. Any other help required as per need basis
How can you help
1. Donate by clicking the Donate button, any amout is appreciated.
2. Do company match , if possible.
3. Spread this message among your network and inspire them to donate
4. If your company has a separate site, please add "hurricane nisarga" tag while donating.
What you will get
1. A 501 C(3) certified organization, so tax benefit.
2. A huge satisfaction of helping our fellow citizens to rebuild their life.
A big thank you to all from the bottom of our hearts. For questions, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the pictures of the damage caused due to this cyclone.
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