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Even before Cyclone Phailin made landfall on the east coast of India, AmeriCares was ready, with pre-positioned relief supplies to help families displaced by the dangerous storm.
The monstrous storm struck on Saturday, October 12, bringing damaging winds, major storm surges and torrential rain. More than 500,000 have fled their homes in one of the largest evacuations ever to take place in India. While it may take weeks for the full extent of damages to be assessed as communications and transportation in the region are severely disrupted , the cyclone is expected to affect more than 12 million people - mainly in the densely populated states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
AmeriCares India has prepositioned relief supplies on hand and ready to distribute to displaced families. We are in contact with local authorities and partners in hard-hit Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, and our U.S.-based emergency response team is ready to provide support as needed to our team in India.
"This is the most powerful storm to hit India since 1999," explained Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice-president of emergency response. "AmeriCares, led by our AmeriCares India team, is prepared to help storm survivors get the medicines, supplies, and care they need."
Meanwhile, our India team continues to help families still suffering in the aftermath of record flooding in Uttarakhand, with medical camps and relief supplies.