Americares has responded to the extremely severe Cyclone Fani that made landfall at Puri Coast around 8:40am on May 3rd with maximum sustained wind speeds of 180 - 190 kmph, gusting up to 200 – 220 kmph. This is the second strongest cyclone to hit India since the 1999 Odisha Super Cyclone.
Cyclone Fani has caused widespread destruction with 38 deaths reported thus far, including an 18-month-old child, who was blown away by strong winds. Hundreds are left homeless and grappling with water shortage, loss of telecommunication and power cuts.
Districts worst affected are Puri, Khordha, Ganjam, Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar, Jajpur, Bhadrak, and Balasore.
Immediate relief needs and long-term recovery needs are emerging, as the extent of damage to the state becomes clear:
With thousands of people stranded in crowded shelter camps under stressful and unhygienic conditions, there is a need for medicines and medical supplies at these shelters.
To protect the health of families when they return from relief camps to their ravaged homes, they need supplies of essentials, as they start rebuilding from losses. These supplies include Health & Hygiene Kits, Safe Drinking Water, Resting Kits, Vector Protection Kits, Cleaning Kits and Shelter Kits.
Once the population leaves for their homes, there will be a need for medical teams to conduct medical camps for basic health care in the villages.
Lack of nutrition, poor hygiene and stress have long term impact on the health of every cyclone survivor. It puts additional burden on the vulnerable population including pregnant & lactating mothers, children below five years and elderly, who need special support to ensure that their nutrition levels are restored and brought back to normal.
Americares India Foundation is responding to the health needs of the cyclone affected districts of the state. A two-member team has already deployed. Americares has shipped essential medicines, medical supplies and relief material to Odisha for the cyclone-affected families.