India cyclone

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated as Cyclone Phailin swept through India's Odisha and Andhra Pradesh States. 

Oxfam India plans to reach 60,000 people with safe water, sanitation and shelter, with the help of local partners.

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Latest press release: 
Cyclone leaves destruction but quick action saves lives
(14 October)

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Thousands of homes were destroyed by Cyclone Phailin.

The situation

In 1999 a cyclone in the same area killed 10,000 people, but only 23 people are reported to have been killed by this cyclone, largely thanks to the evacuation of a million people to temporary shelters by the authorities. However, there are still very considerable humanitarian needs in the region:

  • Over 8.5 million people in 1450 villages in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh affected.
  • Over 200,000 houses have been fully or partially damaged. 
  • Over 300,000 hectares of crops damaged. 

Oxfam's response

Oxfam India are currently working with partner organisations to respond to this crisis with relief supplies including hygiene kits, chlorine tablets, emergency shelter material and other household items to address the humanitarian crisis. Please support our work.

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As well as WASH support, Oxfam India has also distributed emergency food to 500 people affected by the cyclone.