Rebuilding cyclone-affected lives in Odisha

Rebuilding cyclone-affected lives in Odisha

In the early hours of May 3, 2019, India’s worst cyclone in 20 years — cyclone Fani— made landfall in the state of Odisha. With wind speeds of up to 175 km/hr, the extremely severe cyclone Fani (Foni), claimed 64 lives and displaced over 14 lakh people.

Before cyclone Fani could make landfall, Oxfam India’s humanitarian team was already prepared to respond immediately. The teams stocked clean water, hygiene kits, emergency food and shelter kits. With support from donors, Oxfam provided emergency shelter kits to 22,434 people in 3,739 households and hygiene kits to 9,264 people in 1,544 households; it is still on ground working to ensure that people can get back to their normal lives. Oxfam is providing support in Puri, Jagatsinghpur, and Khordha districts.

Pankaj Anand, director of programme and advocacy for Oxfam India said “We are focusing on work that will help people regain their income, provide clean water, prevent water borne diseases, and protect displaced people. The hygiene needs of women and girls in particular, will be one of our top priorities. After the full assessment of people’s needs, we will work to rebuild and rehabilitate in the worst affected areas."

Oxfam India has been working consistently to help affected families rebuild their lives. In order to ensure this, we:

•    Provided 2,23,860 chlorine (NADCC) tablets to affected communities to disinfect water 
•    Cleaned debris filled ponds in 23 villages reaching out to 13,353 people from 2,399 households
•    Set up ORS booths to support 15,666 people in 2,611 households
•    Conducted other diarrhoea prevention activities in 3 villages targeting 2,280 people of 380 households
•    Cleaned 23 villages consisting of 15,366 people of 2,561 households 
•    Gave cash to 30 local volunteers for pond cleaning

Although the state government’s planning and timely evacuation saved lakhs of lives, Fani caused extensive damage to homes, crops, power and telecoms infrastructure, affecting more than 1.6 crore people. Oxfam India team is now working towards providing long-term support and rehabilitating affected families in the three districts. 

Oxfam India thanks our supporters for standing strong with us and enabling us to provide urgent relief to Odisha. Considering the huge impact cyclone Fani has had on the lives of people in Odisha, Oxfam India is targeting to reach out to 30,000 worst-affected households (1,80,000 men and women, boys and girls) in Puri, Khordha and Jagatsinghpur districts. Your support is crucial for us to reach this target. 

Help us rebuild lives of cyclone-affected families in Odisha.

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