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Life after Phailin

Having survived death, living is now proving a big challenge for thousands affected by the destructive cyclone

A Kameswar Rao is a worried man. After the devastating Phailin cyclonic storm robbed 35-year-old Rao of all his belongings, he is clueless about how he is going to face the future. Rao, a native of New Buxipalli village in Odisha's Ganjam district, had four fibreglass boats worth Rs 6 lakh and fishing nets valued at Rs 3 lakh. Until the night of October 12, he never imagined the assets that sustained his living would be lost to a cyclone. Like Rao, many of Ganjam's fisher folk are faced with no option but to look to new ways to fend for themselves and their families. "We ...