High-speed winds had smacked into sturdy mango trees and shaken the fruits away. They were all over the ground. Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani’s dread had barely passed. Rashmi Behera and her friends were busy collecting the fallen mangoes when one of the trees, seemingly weakened by the storm, suddenly toppled.
A severed branch fell on a cow.
Abandoning her pursuit, Behera, a college-going member of one of the 50,000 self-help groups (SHGs) in Odisha’s Ganjam district, rallied her friends and managed to ease the branch off the animal.