Family in Odisha living in toilet after cyclone ‘Fani’ razes their house

The Hush Post | 4:30 pm | One-minute read

A Dalit family in Odisha’s Kendrapara district has been living in the toilet after the cyclone ‘Fani’ razed there house on May 03. According to the sources, the family is living in the toilet allotted under the Centre’s flagship programme Swachh Bharat Mission.

As per the reports, Khirod Jena, a 58-year-old daily wage earner has been living in a 7 x 6 feet toilet with his wife and two young daughters.

Jena said,“The cyclone destroyed my house but the pucca toilet was saved. Now I have nowhere to go. The toilet which was allotted to me two years back has become my shelter now. I don’t know how long we’ll be staying here.”

Further Jena said that the cyclone shattered his life and he doesn’t have money to rebuild his house. Now he is just waiting for the cyclone restoration grants for rebuilding of his house.

“I had applied for housing grant either under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. But the housing grants had eluded me. The cyclone would have spared my house if my kutcha house would have taken the form of Pucca dwelling unit with government assistance,” he said.

Dilip Kumar Parida, Project Director, DRDA, said, “It has been brought to our notice that a family has been living in a toilet in Derabish block. Cyclone damage grants besides separate housing grants are being given to the family expeditious.”

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