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Cyclone Phailin - IND134
Appeal Target: US$2,268,526
Geneva, 18 October 2013
On 12 October 2013 Cyclone Phailin, with torrential rains and winds of up to 200 kmph, left a trail of destruction in coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It affected over 13 million people, seriously disrupted communications, levelled hundreds of thousands of homes, destroyed paddy crops and swept away livestock before weakening to a deep depression. Ganjam district in Odisha bore the brunt of the storm.
Loss of life was minimised due to the efforts of the government and local authorities in an unprecedented evacuation of over 800,000 people to cyclone shelters and public buildings to avoid a repeat of the casualties of the “super” cyclone of 1999 in which around 10,000 people lost their lives.
The cyclone has affected 16 districts, 143 developmental blocks, 1,960 Gram Panchayath and 10,053 villages. About 7,000 kilometres of roads have been affected and electricity lines are down. Livelihoods have been devastated with 100% crop damage in about 621,184 hectors of agricultural land as well as damage to fishing nets and boats.
As per the preliminary report received from the assessment team grounded in the field, there is dire need of food rations to sustain affected families who are displaced and lost everything during the storm. Fisher folk communities living in the areas of the coastal belt bore the brunt of the storm.
ACT India Forum members Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) and Lutheran World Service India Trust (LWSIT) are assessing the situation carefully and they are both part of joint assessment team formed by IAG Odisha and Sphere India. The preliminary Appeal is based on the initial assessment and plans to address the immediate as well as early recovery and rehabilitation needs of the worst affected target population. CASA and LWSIT intend to provide food (cooked, ready to eat and dry), NFI, interim shelter support, WASH, livelihood recovery support and also further strengthening the community’s capability as well as infrastructure to mitigate the risk and vulnerability of the target populations.
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