Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated as the huge Cyclone Phailin hit India's coast on Saturday, 12 October. Phailin was expected to be the strongest cyclone to hit India in 14 years, and is anticipated to affect some 12 million people.
Oxfam India’s team has assessed the situation. Working with local partners, Oxfam India's humanitarian aid response has now begun, aiming to reach those worst affected. Our aim is to address vital water and sanitation needs and emergency shelter needs for over 60,000 people during the initial stage of the crisis.
Oxfam India is working with its partners Unnayan in Balasore district and with United Artists Association and Solar in Ganjam and Puri districts of Odisha.
Zubin Zaman, Humanitarian Program Manager, Oxfam India says, “Hundreds of thousands of people are now displaced and require immediate supply of food, safe water and hygiene kits. We plan to reach out to total 60,000 people through our relief response program.”
Oxfam India will soon be distributing non food items to the worst hit villages in Ganjam and Puri district - which will consist of emergency shelter materials (tarpaulins, ground sheets and ropes), solar lantern with mobile charger, hygiene kit and additional dry food distribution.