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India Cyclone Nov 1994 UN DHA Information Reports 1 - 3

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DHA-GENEVA 94/0448

INDIA - CYCLONE
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
1 NOVEMRBER 1994

1. ON 31 OCTOBER BETWEEN 0630HRS AND 0700HRS (LOCAL TIME) A CYCLONE HIT TAMIL NADU COAST AREA. HEAVY WINDS (80-100 KM PER HOUR) AND RAIN IN LARGE PARTS OF TAMIL NADU AND ANDHRA.

2. POPULATION LIVING IN LOW LYING AREAS ARE PARTICULARLY AFFECTED (500-700 FAMILIES).

3. ASSESSMENT IS CARRIED OUT BY CENTRAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS =

TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-917.12.34
EMERGENCY TEL. NO. (IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ONLY): +41-22-917.20.10

DESK OFFICER: MR. ERIK HAEGGLUND TEL: +41-22-917.32.99
PRESS TO CONTACT: MR. KHATIB, DIRECT TEL: +41-22-917.28.56

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DHA-GENEVA 94/0455

INDIA - CYCLONE
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO. 2
4 NOVEMBER 1994

1.THE SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM THAT HIT SOUTHEAST INDIA ON 31 OCTOBER 1994 WITH WIND SPEED EXCEEDING 125 KM PER HOUR WHIPPED THE FLAT COASTLINE FROM NELLORE IN ANDHRA PRADESH TO CUDDALORE SOUTH OF MADRAS FLOODING LOW-LYING AREAS AND RENDERING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN THATCHED HUTS HOMELESS. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE UPROOTED, COMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTED AND SERVICES OF SEVERAL SUBURBAN AND LONG-DISTANCE TRAINS HAD TO BE SUSPENDED.

2.IN TAMIL NADU STATE, 30 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. STATE GOVERNMENT ORGANIZED RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS, INCLUDING FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO AFFECTED POPULATION AND STOCKING OF MEDICINES IN
HOSPITALS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST EPIDEMICS. TRAIN AND ROAD TRANSPORT SERVICES ARE MEANWHILE MOSTLY RESTORED.

3.HEAVY RAINS AFFECTED SOUTHERN COASTAL DISTRICTS OF ANDHRA PRADESH ON 1 - 3 NOVEMBER 1994 AND CLAIMED 93 LIVES. GOVERNMENT HAS LAUNCHED MASSIVE RELIEF AND RESCUE OPERATIONS WITH
PARTICIPATION OF INDIAN AIR FORCE. AROUND 16,000 PEOPLE ARE STAYING IN RELIEF CAMPS.

4.GOVERNMENT NOT APPEALING FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE, BUT CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PRIME MINISTER'S RELIEF FUND WOULD BE WELCOME.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS - GENEVA +

TELEPHONE NO:+ (41-22)917.12.34
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ONLY: TEL.NO.+ (41-22)917.20.10

DESK OFFICER: S.METZNER-STRACK,DIRECT TEL.+(41-22)917.21.44
PRESS TO CONTACT DHA-GENEVA SPOKESPERSON:
M.KHATIB,DIRECT TEL.+(41-22)917.28.56

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DHA-GENEVA 94/0460

INDIA - CYCLONE/FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO. 3
9 NOVEMBER 1994

1.FOLLOWING CYCLONIC STORMS AND FLOODING, THE DEATH TOLL IN TAMIL NADU HAS REACHED 54 AND IN ANDHRA PRADESH 154 ACCORDING TO INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOCAL POINT FOR NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT IN INDIA ON 7 NOVEMBER 1994.

2.NORTH-EAST MONSOON WHICH HAS BEEN VIGOROUS IN TAMIL NADU AND ANDHRA PRADESH FOR MORE THAN A WEEK ALSO AFFECTED SOME PARTS, PARTICULARLY IN SOUTH-INTERIOR DISTRICTS AND COASTAL/WESTERN DISTRICTS, OF KARNATAKA STATE.

3.BASED ON PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT REPORTS, 93,000 FAMILIES WERE EVACUATED FROM LOW-LYING AREAS AND 52,700 HOUSES WERE DAMAGED IN ANDHRA PRADESH. 33,000 HUTS, 10 BUILDINGS AND 12 BRIDGES WERE TOTALLY DESTROYED IN MADRAS. 167 HOUSES DAMAGED IN KARNATAKA. FURTHER ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE TO HOUSING, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CROPS UNDER WAY.

4.RELIEF WORK IN ALL THREE STATES IS IN FULL SWING. LIFE IS SLOWLY RETURNING TO NORMAL IN TAMIL NADU AND ANDHRA PRADESH. SOME FAMILIES WHO WERE SHIFTED TO RELIEF CAMPS HAVE STARTED
GOING BACK TO THEIR HOMES.

5.NORTH-EAST MONSOON WILL CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT TWO MONTHS TILL DECEMBER AND MAY CAUSE ADDITIONAL FLOODING IN LOW-LYING AREAS. THERE IS, HOWEVER, NO IMMEDIATE THREAT OF FURTHER
CYCLONIC STORMS AND THE FORCE OF MONSOON RAINS HAS SUBSIDED FOR THE TIME BEING.

6.UNDP/DHA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN NEW DELHI CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION IN CONSULTATION WITH GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES.

7.GOVERNMENT IS NOT APPEALING FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE, BUT CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PRIME MINISTER'S RELIEF FUND WOULD BE WELCOME.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS - GENEVA +

TELEPHONE NO:+(41-22)917.12.34
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY ONLY: TEL.NO.+(41-22)917.20.10

DESK OFFICER: S.METZNER-STRACK,DIRECT TEL.+(41-22)917.21.44
PRESS TO CONTACT DHA-GENEVA SPOKESPERSON:
M.KHATIB,DIRECT TEL.+(41-22)917.28.56

TELEX:414242 DHA CH
FAX: +41-22-917.00.23
ELECTRONIC MAIL: UNIENET DIALCOM 141:DHAGVA