India Hit by Massive Cyclone Phailin

The Aftermath

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.


An estimated 1,000 villages, towns and cities in India's Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states were 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.

Stories of Resilience

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. 

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. 

How CARE works in emergencies


Last year, CARE reached 14 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict situations and other crises.


In emergencies, CARE is among the first to arrive and the last to leave. When it comes to responding to an emergency, timing is crucial.