India: Floods - Oct 1999
Most read reports
- Oxfam: OXFAM Emergencies Bulletin Dec 1999 Asia. 8 Dec 1999
- GOAL: GOAL brings relief and rehabilitation to cyclone victims in Orissa. 14 Nov 2000
- ACT: ACT Alert India West Bengal Floods - No 1/99. 28 Sep 1999
- OCHA: India - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1. 14 Oct 1999
- IFRC: India: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 1. 4 Oct 1999
Called a 'Super Cyclone' by the media on account of its intensity, India's severest cyclone since 1971, hit the coastal belt of Orissa on October 29th 1999. Winds of up to 155 mph and a 20 feet tidal surge followed by days of torrential rains left a trail of unprecedented devastation.
Ref. OCHA/GVA - 99/0179
India - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
At the best of times the burgeoning population of Calcutta's shanty towns face extreme hardship in their daily existence. The settlements known as Tangra and Topsia are home to over 55,000 people, all of whom eke out a living amidst squalid conditions.
In recent weeks torrential monsoon rains have inundated huge areas across three States in Western India, causing the deaths of 200 people. Almost 200,000 people lost their homes and more than 9 million people have been directly affected in the States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The Indian Red Cross was quick to respond to the emergency, despatching medical teams and rushing relief assistance to the stricken areas.