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08 May 2019 description
report Christian Aid

As Christian Aid partner organisations reach the districts affected by Cyclone Fani the true scale of the loss and destruction is becoming clear.

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to hit the Indian subcontinent in decades, made landfall near Puri, India, at 8am on Friday 3 May, with winds gusting at more than 190kmh.

Due to good disaster preparedness, the loss of lives has been low, however the impact in terms of loss of homes and livelihoods has been enormous.

Madara Hettiarachchi, Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Programmes, said:

08 May 2019 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Jennifer Fitchett Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of the Witwatersrand

08 May 2019 description

REGIONAL SUMMARY

• The Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake in Zambales, Philippines, and the Flooding and Landslide in Bengkulu Province, Indonesia are continuously being responded to by the respective Member State’s National Disaster Management Organisations – the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in the Philippines, and the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) in Indonesia. The combined reported cost of damages brought by these two disasters amount to a staggering USD 20.5 million.

07 May 2019 description

By Omar H. Amach

BANGKOK, 7 May 2019 – Considered one of the worst storms to hit India since 1999, Cyclone Fani made landfall in the state of Odisha on 3 May as a category 4 storm. Odisha, however, is no stranger to cyclones. In 1999, a super cyclone killed 9,885 people according to the official death toll. This time around, 16 people died.

07 May 2019 description

On 3 May, Cyclone Fani made landfall near Puri District, bringing heavy rain to Odisha and neighbouring states, winds reaching a maximum sustained wind speed of approximately 240 km/h, and a powerful storm surge in coastal areas. Despite a large-scale evacuation effort carried out by the Indian government, at least 42 fatalities and 160 injuries have been attributed the cyclone. Extensive damage has been reported to houses and farmland, as well as to transportation, communication, water, end electricity infrastructure, particularly in Odisha.

07 May 2019 description
  • The death toll from Tropical Cyclone FANI has increased to 42 in India, while 17 fatalities have been confirmed in Bangladesh by UN OCHA. Approximately 10 million people from coastal areas in the north-eastern States of India have been affected by the tropical cyclone.
  • Thunderstorms and strong winds could affect northern West Bengal over the next 24 hours.
  • The European Commission’s Copernicus emergency satellite mapping service was activated on 2 May, since then 8 maps have been produced of the affected areas in India.
07 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, around 8 a.m. (IST) on 3rd May 2019, lashing the coast with winds gusting at more than 200 km per hour. Over 10,000 villages and 50 towns bore its brunt, with over 1.4 million people still in relief centres across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.

Immediate Relief Assistance

As a part of its immediate relief assistance , SEEDS is responding to Cyclone Fani with the following support:

07 May 2019 description

Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall close to Puri in Odisha on 3 May, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 180-190 km/h. It tracked North-North Eastwards and weakened as it moves towards West Bengal and then on to Bangladesh, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Accurate advance forecasts and a huge, well-coordinated disaster risk reduction campaign were credited with keeping the death toll to a minimum.

07 May 2019 description
report Government of India

06 May, 2019

PM announces immediate assistance worth Rs.1000 crores

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today visited the State of Odisha to review the situation arising out of Cyclone Fani that hit the State on 3rd May, 2019. He undertook an aerial survey of Pipili, Puri, Konark, Nimapada and Bhubaneswar. The Governor, Professor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik and Union Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan also accompanied the Prime Minister in the aerial survey.

07 May 2019 description
report World Vision

Thousands of children have survived Cyclone Fani in India and Bangladesh—the worst storm to hit the Indian subcontinent in 20 years—but now they have fresh concerns.

“The primary concern of children still living in cyclone shelters is about getting back to school,” says Cherian Thomas, CEO and National Director of World Vision India. “The cyclone damaged or destroyed many schools. We are working quickly not only to repair schools but to help children regain some sense of normalcy, which is so important to their long-term recovery.”

06 May 2019 description
  • Following the passage of Tropical Cyclone FANI, over north-eastern India and western Bangladesh on 3-5 May, the death toll and the damage has increased.
06 May 2019 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. No international assistance is requested at this stage by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and or Bangladesh Government.

The situation

06 May 2019 description
  • As of 6 May at 8.00 UTC, at least 33 people have been reported dead in India and another 17 in Bangladesh following the passage of Tropical Cyclone FANI. Odisha State has been the most heavily affected, with electricity and infrastructure damaged. According to the authorities, all families in Puri and Khurda districts have been "extremely severely affected" and the response is underway across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas in north-eastern India.
06 May 2019 description
report Government of India

Life limping back to normal after Cyclone Fani leaves a trail of destruction in several eastern and North Eastern states; Massive restoration work across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas in full swing.

The death toll in Cyclone Fani rose to 29, two days after the "extremely severe" storm barrelled through coastal Odisha, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cuts.