After the storm: Cyclone Phailin emergency appeal
06 November 2013
Islamic Relief has launched an emergency appeal for funds to help Indian communities devastated by a powerful cyclone and subsequent floods.
IRW is already supporting the people affected
Up to one million people were forced to flee their homes as Cyclone Phailin crashed into east India just over three weeks ago.
The strongest storm to hit Odisha state in 14 years, Phailin devastated homes and infrastructure across Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Twenty-seven people are now known to have lost their lives to the cyclone and subsequent floods – which have left 100,000 people stranded in parts of Odisha.
Indian authorities say that the cyclone and floods have damaged more than 300,000 homes in 16,487 of Odisha’s villages. Tens of thousands of people remain cut off in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Keonjhar and Jajpur. Over 650,000 hectares of crops are thought to have been wiped out.
Islamic Relief was on the ground as soon as the area affected by the cyclone was accessible. The needs assessment team has visited over 17 villages in four devastated districts - Ganjam, Puri, Belashwar and Mayurbhanj. Food aid, shelter, and water and hygiene are much-needed, and local people also require support to restore their livelihoods.
Islamic Relief has already provided vital food aid to affected families in five communities located in Ganjam and Puri districts. More than 2,000 food packages have been distributed so far in conjunction with Oxfam India and other local organisations – but more is needed.
We are also to plan to deliver comprehensive support to help local people to rebuild their communities and livelihoods. This will include providing emergency shelter, restoring livelihoods as well as disaster preparedness - designed to reduce the vulnerability of poor communities to future disasters.
The cyclone has blown out, and the floodwaters are beginning to recede, but around 12 million people are still suffering. With your support, we can get life-saving aid to vulnerable people, and help them to rebuild their lives and their communities – and reduce the impact of future disasters. Please donate to our Cyclone Phailin appeal today.
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