Oxfam plans to respond after Cyclone Fani leaves a path of destruction in the Indian state of Odisha

By Oxfam
Satellite image showing Cyclone Fani advancing toward the eastern coast of India. Photo: NASA

Oxfam is assessing humanitarian needs and helping communities in the wake of Cyclone Fani, the most severe storm to hit the Indian subcontinent in two decades.

On May 3, Cyclone Fani made landfall on the coast of Odisha, India, triggering heavy rainfall and winds of up to 175 miles per hour. It is the strongest cyclonic storm to hit India in nearly two decades. According to the government, more than 10,000 villages and 52 towns in Odisha may be affected.

Thus far, we know that large parts of the temple town Puri have been submerged due to heavy rains, and that fallen trees and electricity poles have resulted in loss of power in many areas of Odisha. Three people have been reported dead.

Oxfam India’s humanitarian team is monitoring the situation closely with the state Inter Agency Group (IAG), partners, and the State Disaster Management Authority in Odisha and West Bengal. We are coordinating with local partners SOLAR and UNNAYAN to distribute supplies to the affected districts.

How does Oxfam expect to respond?

Oxfam is ready to provide food, clean water, shelter and hygiene kits through our local partners as needed.

We plan to meet the urgent needs of people affected by the cyclone by repairing water resources, distributing emergency food supplies to the thousands of families who are stranded and urgently need food to survive, and offering shelter and hygiene kits to support cyclone-affected families. We will also provide rehabilitation to displaced people who have lost their homes and livelihoods and undertake long-term recovery efforts to help people rebuild their lives.

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