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The journey from Bhubaneswar, Orissa's state capital to Kendrapada district is long. As we drive modern India shouts from bill boards and hand painted adverts. The roads get ever smaller. Billboards and tarmac are left behind and soon we are bumping along dirt tracks. Below the raised roadway the flat landscape reaches away punctuated with villages and rivers.

Last October heavy rain fall caused flooding that hit this region twice in the span of 15 days. 2.5 million people were affected, with many families losing  their homes and crops.

"How do we predict this? The floods have never been so bad before, you never know." says Santilata Malik, a widow.

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The devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010 caused 222,570 deaths, left 300,000 injured and 1.3 million displaced people living in settlements according to the Government of Haiti, OCHA and other UN agencies. Large numbers of the affected population continue to live in makeshift shelters, close to their original homes or in self‐settled camps despite the onset of the rainy season.

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