Odisha is a flood prone state, and as a result communities have become resilient and government response efficient to manage immediate rescue and relief operations. The flooding began with heavy rainfall on the 21st of July and further intensified as a result of two more low-pressure systems that moved over the state and was exacerbated by subsequent release of water from the Hirakud Reservoir.
Organizations capitalized on learning from the 2013 Cyclone phailin assessments to strengthen coordination and assessment processes. to better understand the impact of the flooding, agencies, coordinating through the odisha Iag and sphere, carried out village level assessment in 8 of the most affected districts, covering 41 villages, using the newly developed Joint rapid need assessment (Jrna) format. Clear humanitarian needs have emerged from this process.