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.
‘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:
The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Cyclone Fani’, with wind speeds touching 180 kmph, made landfall in Puri district, Odisha, on 3rd May 2019. Initial reports indicate that the winds and flooding have caused widespread damage to houses, drinking water sources, trees, public infrastructure, schools and health facilities.
Water related disasters to be on the rise reveals ‘Face of Disasters’ report by SEEDS
• India is staring at extremes of too little and too much rainfall in 2019. There is a significant drought condition even before the onset of summers. Extreme floods in unexpected locations during the Monsoons are fast becoming a new normal.
• Additionally, the report delves into the changing face of disaster risks and the need to look at ‘disasters’ from a broader perspective, with roots in resource management practices
Unprecedented floods has bought havoc to the state of Kerala. For the first time in history, the state has witnessed a calamity of such scale. Incessant rainfall and opening of 27 dams across the state has rendered thousands of families homeless overnight across Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Alappuzha and Kotayyam. Widespread landslides have been reported from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Idukki and Wayanad districts.