A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated as Cyclone Phailin hit India's coast on Saturday, 12 October. Estimates were that some 12 million people were going to be affected. Oxfam's humanitarian aid response has now begun.
In the last two days, 13,050 people have been provided cooked food through community kitchen service and 3,450 people have been provided dry ration. The total number of beneficiaries reached is 16,500.
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.