The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Indian state of Odisha in 20 years. With winds recorded between 185-250 km/h and 89 fatalities, being unable to access a community cyclone shelter in the face of disaster is devastating.
But for 21-year old Sachin, who lives with a psycho-social disability, that is what happened earlier this year.
Sachin lives with his mother, grandmother and siblings. When disaster struck, they were turned away from the community cyclone shelter because of Sachin’s disability.
They sheltered as best they could, watching as their thatched hut and household items were destroyed around them. As agricultural labourers and sewing machinists, their livelihoods are now at a standstill.
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Sachin’s mum says, “Living with extreme poverty, old age and disability during the disaster was a painful experience, I pray to God that it should not happen again”.