The strongest tropical cyclone to batter India after 20 years made landfall in Odisha, paralysing several thousands of lives and damaging innumerable properties on its way. Over 11 lakh people were evacuated from the state of Odisha for Cyclone Fani’s landfall.

The cyclone has uprooted trees, flattened crops and damaged homes, destroyed power and telecommunication infrastructure. At least 1,50,94,321 people have been affected in 14 districts–Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Puri. Totally, 159 blocks, 52 ULBs, 16659 villages, 5,08,467 houses and 87,39,657 livestock were affected and the number of livestock casualty was 34,56,362 in the powerful tropical storm, as per the Situation Report released by the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC). normalcy. The devastating cyclone has shaken the backbone of coastal Odisha and killed the hope and dreams of people in rural as well as urban slums. According to recent updates, at least 40+ lives were lost in Odisha alone from the storm activity. Thousands of cyclone-affected people lay stranded on the streets struggling for food and water, as their stocked food items were damaged due to the cyclone and rain. Daily wagers were out of cash as they were confined to their houses, taking care of families.

The cyclone has damaged almost all the kuccha houses, polythene roofed houses, tin and asbestos roofed houses in the area and made more than 60% families homeless. The major source of income from coconut orchards has been devastated making more than 35% people out of their livelihoods. The most vulnerable section of the affected community includes the women, the children, the elderly people and the persons with disability. Sanitary and hygiene conditions are extremely poor in the affected slums as toilets have been collapsed and damaged. Drinking water sources have been heavily contaminated; even the village ponds have fallen trees, debris and dead aquatics. Families have lost their household belongings (clothes, utensils, food grains etc) under the collapsed structures, Children have lost their study materials and their books, notebooks, pen, and pencils have been crushed into pieces. They have been deprived of food and drinking water since days. Families have lost their clothes, their accessories including bed, bed sheets, furniture and others and are living in the debris of their own assets (Source: reliefweb.int)

As the state of Odisha is toiling hard to return to normalcy, we at SEESHA are assessing the situation closely, to ease the sufferings of the distressed people. At this critical juncture, our thoughts are with the people affected by the cyclone and we hope for the complete restoration of their lives. SEESHA disaster response team is involved in supporting the District Administation of Bhubaneswar and Puri District in their rescue and relief efforts to address the immediate survival requirements of the affected people. We appreciate your generous contributions to facilitate people to return to normalcy.

You could join us in helping the FANI Cyclone affected people by providing :
  • Dry ration supplies for a family for 1 month - Rs. 2500/-
  • School kit for a child - Rs. 500/-
  • Tarpaulin to shelter a homeless family - Rs. 1500/-
  • Solar Lamp with mobile charger - Rs. 1200/-
  • Sanitary Kit for one family for a month - Rs.2000/-

Join us in our mission of rebuilding the lives of people affected by FANI Cyclone