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.