Our Response To Cyclone Phailin (Odisha)

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Cyclone Phailin was one of the worst cyclones to hit the east coast of Odisha in 10 years. Though the loss of lives was limited due to effective early warning and evacuation by the state, Phailin affected over 8 million people in eastern state of Odisha.

Oxfam’s initial response focused on life-saving support – providing food-aid, safe water and cash transfer to affected communities and also provisioning of sanitation facilities and livelihood assistance to meet people’s immediate food security needs.

Our response programme provided humanitarian assistance to over 110,000 people with water and sanitation facilities, cash transfer and shelter support.


More than 110,000 people gained access to clean water supplies through @Oxfamindia response projects.

More than 66,000 people received household essentials, shelter materials and hygiene kits.

In Puri, Ganjam and Balasore districts, 66,761 affected people received emergency aid to cover their immediate needs. 32,500 people received food aid in the three worst affected districts. More than 66,000 people received household essentials, shelter materials and hygiene kits.

In coordination with our partners in Puri, Ganjam and Balasore, cyclone affected villages were equipped with emergency water facilities. Improvements, repair to water and sanitation facilities, as part of post cyclone reconstruction, ensured vulnerable communities had sufficient clean water to meet domestic and agricultural needs and reduce health risks.

More than 110,000 people gained access to clean water supplies through Oxfam response projects.

In Puri, and Ganajm over 1000 shallow hand-pumps and open wells were chlorinated, 20 water points installed, 100 new latrines were constructed in cyclone damaged villages by Oxfam and partner NGOs. In Ganjam 24,000 people has access to safe water thanks to emergency water rations trucked in for three weeks during the initial period of the crisis

Under the early recovery intervention, Oxfam provided livelihood support to around 92,000 people. Livelihood support comprised of agricultural, marine and inland fishery and micro-economic initiatives designed to suit local skills.

Cash-for-work programmes involved the rehabilitation of farmland, water points, village roads, and damaged ponds brought cash injections to impoverished cyclone affected communities in Puri and Ganjam while restoring damaged infrastructure to use.

Cash transfer, both unconditional and conditional, were received by 8515 men and women affected by the disaster and who had no access to food security. In Balasore seeds were distributed to 7150 women members in some of the worst flood affected villages, with food rations to tide communities over until next harvest.

Some communities received cash grants for income-generating initiatives. For example, fishing activities were supported in Puri and Ganjam, where women-run collectives bought fresh fish locally, dried them and sold them to shopkeepers in nearby towns.

Here our work in Puri and Ganjam:
Emergency Food Security and Livelihood (EFSVL)
  • 1000 people received Cash for Work and additional 310 were covered under Unconditional Cash Transfer in Puri and Ganjam
  • 250 farmers received paddy seed support and 300 were given vegetable seed support
  • 100 farmers were given farming training
  • 20 Fisherwomen communities were provided with fishing equipment (drying and storage) assistance and training was provided to 51 fisherwoman
  • 17 transitional shelters have been built
  • 400 local masons and carpenters were trained to use cyclone and flood resilient construction techniques in shelter repair and construction.
  • 400 households were assisted to repair their shelter incorporating appropriate disaster resilient and inclusive features suitable to local conditions
  • 46 new hand pumps installed
  • 82 water sources rehabilitated
  • 114 water sources chlorinated
  • 115 water sources tested for arsenic, fluoride and bacteria
  • 98 latrines constructed
  • 18 bathing units built
  • 33 PHE tool kits distributed
  • 49 PHP events conducted in schools
  • 20 PHP mass campaign rallies
  • Over 5000 people covered under door to door PHP campaign.
  • Two multi-purpose ponds built in Puri and Ganjam