Cyclone in Orissa : humanitarian aid worth euro 2 million

The European Commission has earmarked humanitarian aid worth euro 2 million for victims of the cyclone that devastated the Indian state of Orissa at the end of October. The aid, channelled via the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable organisations including the Red Cross family and CARE to provide emergency relief. This will include ready-to-eat food, basic medicine, water purifying equipment and waterproof sheeting. Up to 20 million people out of the 33 million in one of the most densely-populated coast regions of India have been affected by the cyclone. There is as yet no reliable death toll figure, though officials have said it is likely to be in the thousands.