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20 May 2019 description

In Numbers

10,503.921 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 3.82 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 92.06 m six months (May 2019-October 2019) net funding requirements for CSP of which US$ 83.16 m is for Cox’s Bazar L2 Emergency Response

1.20 m people assisted in April 2019

WFP Rohingya refugee response in Cox’s Bazar

Monsoon and Cyclone Preparedness:

20 May 2019 description

Cyclone Fani, the worst cyclone in twenty years, struck east coast of India and Bangladesh in the beginning of this May. More than a million people in the expected cyclone path areas both in and around the state of Odisha evacuated before the cyclone made a land fall. According to the state emergency operation center of Odisha, 64 deaths were reported and approximately 17 million in 14 districts has been affected from the cyclone (as of May 15th).

19 May 2019 description
report Government of India

Centre extends GST return filing dates for 14 cycone hit districts in Odisha; The deadline for filing GST extended from May 20 to June 20.

The Centre has extended the deadlines for filing of Goods and Services Tax returns for taxpayers registered in 14 cyclone-hit districts in Odisha.

The date for filing GST returns for April 2019 has been extended from May 20th to June 20th.

17 May 2019 description
report CARE

BHUBANESHWAR (May 16, 2019) — CARE is distributing shelter and hygiene kits to over 10,000 households affected by Cyclone Fani, focusing on women and girls who are disproportionately affected by the disaster.

16 May 2019 description

by Annie Banerji | @anniebanerji | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:06 GMT

Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner's team mobilised 50,000 volunteers, police officers, boats, buses and trains to evacuate more than a million people to shelters

By Annie Banerji

NEW DELHI, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From mass texting to mobilising 50,000 volunteers, the Indian official who masterminded the evacuation of more than a million people revealed on Thursday how they were moved from the path of a deadly cyclone.

16 May 2019 description
report SEEDS India

Cyclone Fani’, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, made landfall near Puri, India, 10 days ago. The million plus families who were safely evacuated during the disaster are now back to see their homes destroyed. Over 5 lakh houses have been damaged and 1.5 crore people affected across Odisha; and over 33,000 houses damaged and 6.3 lakh people affected in West Bengal.

15 May 2019 description
report Sphere India

1. Impact/Extent of Damage: (Information received so far)

  • 14 districts affected namely Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Puri.

  • 159 no. of Blocks affected.

  • 52 no. of ULBs affected.

  • 18388 no. of Villages affected.

  • 1,65,55,507 Population affected.

  • 5,08,467 Houses damaged.

  • 181711.4 hectare of crop area affected

  • Livestock affected: 88,04,318

15 May 2019 description
report Government of India

Normalcy is slowly returning to Odisha which was hit by Cyclone Fani. Centre and state government are working on a war footing for relief and restoration.

An interministerial team of the Centre is on a visit to Odisha which is reviewing the extent of damage caused in the aftermath of the cyclone.

The 11-member Central team is being led by Vivek Bhardwaj, additional secretary in the home ministry. The team is visiting several areas in the state to ascertain the damage.

14 May 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • On 3rd May the cyclone Fani (“Foni”), a category 4 storm, impacted three states in India (Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal). Odisha remains the worse hit with more than 15 million people incl. 4,8 million children affected. The cyclone was untimely; it was one of the rarest summer cyclones, the first one in 43 years and one of 3 to hit Odisha in the last 150 years.

14 May 2019 description


♦ Cyclone Preparedness was in full swing. IOM responded to the threat of Cyclone Fani forming over the Bay of Bengal with cross-cutting preparedness programming including Tie-Down Kit distribution, shelter strengthening, awareness raising sessions and capacity building of Mobile Medical Teams, among many other activities

14 May 2019 description


For a full view of IOM and UNHCR Areas of Responsibility, please consult the Shelter/NFI Dashboard

  • Distribution of LPG and monthly refills are ongoing in refugee and host communities. In total, 245,000 families are planned to be reached by July 2019.

14 May 2019 description
report Government of India

Central inter-ministerial team, on a three-day visit to assess damage caused by the cyclone Fani, visits Bhubaneswar and Puri in Odisha; CM Naveen Patnaik writes to PM Modi, thanking him for all assistance received from the Centre.

13 May 2019 description

Summary of major revisions:

This operations update informs the second allocation of the DREF in supporting the scale up of the relief operation of Indian Red Cross Society, for 5,000 families who are affected by Cyclone Fani. The key highlights of this operation update:

  • 5,000 families will be supported with emergency shelter assistance through distribution of shelter and household items such as tarpaulins and kitchen sets, and also non-food items (NFIs) such as rope and clothing items.

13 May 2019 description

Executive Summary

The Needs Assessment Working Group is mandated to inform the humanitarian community about the Cyclone “Fani” causing humanitarian impact and assess the needs of distressed people of Bangladesh. This report has attempted to capture an overview on of the scope of the damage, disruption and distress caused by “Fani,” as well as to highlight any possible future risks. The report will be used to strengthen further disaster preparedness and risk reduction measures under the leadership of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.

13 May 2019 description
  • As of 13 May at 8.00 UTC, 64 people have been confirmed dead by the Indian authorities following Tropical Cyclone FANI's passage, 39 in Puri District (Odisha State). Relief and recovery oeprations are ongoing in Odisha State and the water supply has been restored in all urban areas.
  • Locally moderate rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms and strong winds are forecast over Odisha for the next 24 hours.
13 May 2019 description

Cox’s Bazar is at risk of cyclones forming out of depressions in the large Bay of Bengal between April and June, and September and December. Cyclonic storms form when large masses of air begin rotating at high speed around a low-pressure area. The Bay of Bengal stretches from the Bangladesh coast in the North to the latitude of southern Sri Lanka in the south, and from the Indian coast in the west to Myanmar and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

12 May 2019 description
report Government of India

The Archaeological Survey of India has said there is no structural damage to the Konark Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site, due to Cyclone Fani.

the high-level ASI team, who visited Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri and Sun Temple, Konark to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Fani, also said that there is also no major damage to the Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri.

The ASI said that the repair and restoration of the Jagannath Temple will be completed ahead of the annual Rath Yatra festival on July 4.