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Odisha: Cyclone Fani survivors struggle with stress disorders, depression by Sahana Ghosh June 11,2019   |  Source: Scroll.in

Cyclone Fani-struck Odisha is rebuilding itself brick by brick. Affected communities in temporary shelters are trying to move on, a month after the extremely severe cyclone hit the state. But for many, it is difficult to even fall asleep at night. The cyclone has taken a heavy toll on their mental health.

The fear of the raging storm and anxiety for their future is keeping the beleaguered population in affected areas, wide awake. Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani (Bangla for “snake’s hood”) battered the pilgrim district of Puri where it made landfall on May 3, killing at least 60 people. Thirteen other districts were also shaken up by the cyclone that packed wind speeds of more than 200 km per hour.

Puri district’s Satapada, a town at the mouth of the Chilika lagoon, is in need of immediate mental health intervention, according to a team of mental health experts sent out by the state department of health and family welfare. “It is becoming very difficult to come to terms with our loss,” said Pooja Naik, a young mother huddled together in a Satapada shelter with her family of nine. “We have surveyed the damage in our village after the cyclone died down and there is nothing left. I am not sure when we will go back.” Naik, cradling her five-month-old,

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