As the cyclone struck, it was the Sangh Volunteers who under the banner of Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti (UBSS) spontaneously came out of their homes to extend a hand of love and support to the people in distress. The cyclone with a gale speed of 200 km per hour and heavy rains ravaged Ganjam and affected 11 districts—bringing distruction and depression everywhere. Though the Government claimed they did an exemplary work by evacuating lakhs of people to safety before the cyclone could really struck, it was the Sangh Volunteers who did the actual work. At places like Paikabasa in Mayurbhanj district, 5,000 people were evacuated saving them from devastating flood. In rescue, relief or cleaning up of roads for communication, the Sangh Volunteers were on the forefront.
Spread over 5 critically affected districts, the Volunteers served cooked food to more than 4,000 people who would have gone hungry without Sangh intervention. Durgadevi and Dhabasila in Balasore district, Aryapalli, Gopalpur of Ganjam district were the places where swayamsevaks really did outstanding work. The Sangh Volunteers managed to take more than 5,000 people to safety before the deadly cyclone could struck, Volunteers they also provided shelter to about 7,000 people. More than 16 roads were cleared by these volunteers in the localities. Talking to Organiser Shri Prakash Betala, president of Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti said, “UBSS started relief work in five districts including Ganjam after cyclone and flood. The UBBS is running  four relief centres at Brahmapur, three centres at Gopalpur and a relief centre at Chhatrapur. Besides Ganjam UBSS has also started  relief work  in cyclone affected Puri District and flood affected Mayurbhanj, Balasoe and Bhdrak District.” “Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti will adopt some villages for rehabilitation,” he added.


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