District Fishermen`s YouthWelfare Association,(DFYWA)

Project Theme

Disaster Risk Reduction

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

Andhra Pradesh is the fifth largest state in India. With a population of over 75 million, it is prone to natural disasters including cyclones, flooding and drought on an annual basis. Over the last century the state has been battling with natural disaster: One hundred cyclones in as many years, with major cyclones striking in 1977, 1983, 1990, 1996 and 2003

Impact By Partner
  • Community Based Organisations like VDPC (10 nos.), WASH Committee (10 nos.), Livelihood groups (CBOs) (10 nos.), School Sanitation Club (10 nos.), have been formed/reformed and strengthened.
  • The volunteer’s forum in the project area has been strengthened. Series of meetings, discussion have been held with these village level institutions to make them aware and build their capacity to make analysis of the situation independently, identify the issues/problems, develop contingency plan, WASH Plan and School Safety Plan etc.
  • As a result of the last year’s intervention, women participation has been increased at all level. Their membership and participation in planning as well as decision making have been increased in institutions like GKS, WASH committee VDPC and SHGs.

Case Study

By 1030 hours on 12th of October 2013, the search & rescue task force team had already evacuated everyone except the 80 year old lady Sattemma in the small village- Chinna Mangamaripeta (‘chinna’ meaning small in Telugu) under K.Nagerapalem Gram Panchayat in Bheemunipatnam block of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone warning was already disseminated two days ago by the ‘early warning task force team’ formed in the same village through a Disaster Risk Reduction project implemented by DFYWA. As part of the search & rescue TFT, G.Ratna & V.Nokalamma valiantly evacuated the pregnant and other vulnerable people in the village first. Almost all were shifted to safer locations on the other side of the main highway that was on a much higher altitude. The vadabaliji (fishermen) community always had a fear that in such turbulent weather, the sea might get into the village and inundate. It was now 1100 hours and had already started raining heavily with great wind speed (‘gale’ as is known in the coastal village) and high tides in the sea. Sattemma stayed alone in her house that was vulnerable with age but was unwilling to leave as she was emotionally attached to the house built by her late husband many years ago. Her son Chinna Rao, 51 stayed far away in Verawal, Gujarat while her grandchildren stayed in a rented house. Senile and gripped with arthritis Sattemma used a plastic tub for attending nature’s call. All in the village had left but she was unwilling and was even prepared to be swept away by the sea. Trained in search & rescue, G.Ratna & V.Nokalamma forcibly transferred Sattemma to safer location and her life was saved. The shelter management team had already put up tents for the people who were evacuated and dry food was kept ready. Sattema was happy that there were people in the village who stood for her help in these difficult times. “ I could not have reached to safety on my own. They came for my help. I don’t feel alone and unsafe anymore.”