Fani's path leaves devastation

May 30, 2019 at 6:00 AM

cyclone_fani.jpgVillagers in Conveera seek shade under part of their home that was damaged by Cyclone Fani earlier this month.

Fani's path leaves devastation

By Dan Breen dan blog header long.png

ODISHA, INDIA—The Luke Society’s ministry in Odisha, India, is offering medical and humanitarian aid to hundreds impacted by Cyclone Fani earlier this month.

Rev. Prem and Dr. Pushpa Rout say a cyclone like this usually happens every other year. Add on top of that scorching summer heat that can elevate temperatures well over 100 degrees and it creates a life-threatening situation.

In their latest ministry report, the Routs said at the height of the storm on May 3, winds at 110-120 miles per hour were tearing “thatched roofs like papers. Trees and electric poles were falling here and there, and all these poor tribal villagers were running here and there holding their small kids for shelter.”

Eighty-four people died in the aftermath of the storm, many due to medical conditions and not having a roof as relief from the heat.

Predictably, the entire region lost electricity. No drinking water was available. The storm is said to have set back Odisha 20 years in its development. It took about a week to restore electricity to the larger cities. Other coastal villages still do not have electricity nearly a month later.

The Routs recently were able to visit the village of Conveera where they conduct some of their ministry work. Despite enduring the intense heat and damaged homes, there has been no loss of life in the village. The people are especially grateful to have cool drinking water from a well the Luke Society helped construct in 2008.

“We are very much thankful to the Lord and remain ever grateful to Luke Society, USA,” they wrote. “We request for you to keep praying for our ministry at this miserable time for Lord’s guidance and wisdom. “

To see photos from the disaster, click here for an album on the Luke Society Facebook page.

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