8 Month Hurricane Progress

November 11, 2010

Eight months after Cyclone Tomas devastated Naitauba, the restoration of Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj’s Sacred Island continues. Residents, retreatants and staff, backed by the very generous support of devotees and friends of Adi Da from around the world, have worked tirelessly to clear countless fallen trees and broken branches, repair damaged buildings and infrastructure, and strengthen protection against future cyclones.

More help is needed before the cyclone season begins again in November, but a huge amount has been accomplished, as seen in this brief pictorial update.

Roads:

Roads all across the island have been cleared of trees and debris, and graded and re-surfaced.

  • Before and After pictures of the road at the top of a village hill
    Before and After pictures of the road at the top of a village hill
  • After: Vigorous growth of new foliage
    Note the vigorous growth of new foliage in these and other photos.
  • Grading and re-surfacing on the same road, further down
    Grading and re-surfacing on the same road, further down.
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  • Cherry Picker Removing Branches
  • Removing fallen branches
  • This cherry-picker, purchased with donated funds, has been invaluable for removing fallen and broken trees, and pruning limbs that could threaten roads and buildings in future storms

  • Damage to buildings is being repaired.
    Flooding has receded, and damage to buildings is being repaired.
  • In addition to removing dangerous broken and fallen trees, we have made repairs to a number of buildings in the retreat area and the villages where residents and staff live.

  • Chow Downs, the residents' dining bure
    Chow Downs, the residents' dining bure and many other buildings were practically destroyed by wind and waves.
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  • Restoration is well under way
    Restoration is well under way.
  • Restoration is well under way
  • A new weather station will enable us to monitor and prepare for imminent storms
    A new weather station will enable us to monitor and prepare for imminent storms. The old station was destroyed by Cyclone Tomas.
  • The Island’s "industrial" area, where building materials, bulk fuel tanks, and marine equipment are housed, felt the full brunt of wind and waves. Storage buildings and the slipway received serious damage.

  • A block wall was added to this Marine building to reinforce the structure
    A block wall was added to this Marine building to reinforce the structure. During the storm, the force of the sea swell damaged the building on this side, where cement, timber, and other building materials were stored.
  • Our slipway was undermined and broken up by the waves. Vital for maintaining our marine link to the outside world, a large section of the slipway had to be completely rebuilt, with work periods limited to a only few hours each day around low tide. The slipway must be strong enough to carry boats weighing over 20 tons.

  • At work on the new slipwayAt work on the new slipway
  • At work on the new slipway 
  • What Next?

    We have yet to repair a large building that is used primarily for storage and rainwater water catchment, and to replace some previously thatched roofs with iron roofing instead. But our main focus in the coming months will be constructing storm-swell protection for other key structures on Naitauba, as well as three specially-designed group houses to provide protection from even the strongest cyclones.

    We welcome and encourage your support in the form of financial donations or skilled help you can offer.

    Thank you!