India Hit by Massive Cyclone Phailin
CARE is working with authorities to ensure people affected are provided with emergency supplies including drinking water, hygiene and survival kits, floor mats and solar lamps.
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An estimated 1,000 villages, towns and cities in India's Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states have been left without electricity after Cyclone Phailin destroyed nearly 7.5 million acres of crops and flooded low-lying areas of the coast that is home to more than 10 million people.
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Because of early evacuation and other preventative measures, millions of lives on the coast of Eastern India were spared from Cyclone Phailin. But its severe storms and rainfalls did wreak havoc in the lives of many.
Cyclone Phailin Hits the Eastern Coast of India
On October 13, 2013, Cyclone Phailin hit the southeastern coast of India, lashing the states of Odisha and Andhra and others with winds up to 220 kph and dumping more than of water. The cyclone It left a trail of destruction in its path, knocking down homes, destroying crops and wiping out the livelihoods of thousands of the country's poorest people.
Odisha and Andhra Pradesh were the two most affected states, though others were severely damaged. Thankfully, the largest evacuation efforts in the country's recent history, in which 800,000 people were moved inland, minimized loss of life. However, water levels have risen dangerously high in many areas and electricity has been knocked out, leaving huge numbers of people in cyclone shelters in challenging conditions. The worry is now shifing to Bihar, where a flood alert has been put in place, especially rivers and the catchment area near Nepal.
Cyclone Phailin has passed, but the worst does not seem over.
CARE is reponding
"CARE has teams in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh who are assessing the needs of affected people," said CEO and Country Director Dr. Muhammad Musa before the cyclone hit. "This cyclone is predicted to be India's worst in the last 14 years, and we want to get help to people as fast as possible."
As the storm approached, we pre-positioned relief items in the coastal areas, including water, water purification tablets, hygiene and survival kits, floor mats and solar lamps and have distributed those to individuals and families who lost everything in the storm. Now, we are moving to help in Bihar, and we will be replenishing our stocks in the coming days and weeks as Indians put their lives, homes, crops and communities back together.
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