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October 15, 2013 09:39 ET

Save the Children Launches Appeal to Provide Vital Relief to Families Affected by Cyclone Phailin

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2013) - Save the Children has launched an initial appeal of CDN$ 3.6 million (INR 21 million), to fund its emergency response to Cyclone Phailin, which battered India's Eastern coast last weekend.

Thomas Chandy, the CEO of Save the Children India, said, "Given the size and intensity of this cyclone, things could have been a lot worse, and it is without doubt that evacuation activities helped protect thousands of lives. But this should not overshadow that thousands of families have had their homes and livelihoods destroyed by the cyclone, and it is vital that those affected receive the support they need as soon as possible, so that they can return and rebuild their homes and lives."

Save the Children is supporting the Indian Government-led response, and working with partners to help an estimated 35,000 people. Save the Children's teams are on the ground in the worst-affected areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and have distributed emergency hygiene kits, food baskets, blankets and solar lamps for families who have been caught up in the disaster.

With the money raised, it will establish child-friendly spaces which offer educational and psychological support for children caught up in the disaster, as well as distribute emergency house-hold kits and cash support to the most vulnerable families.

Background information

Flood Situation

  • The heavy rainfall at upper basins of Budhabalanga, Subarnarekha and Baitarani has caused flood in these rivers inundating 39 GPs in 4 blocks (Remuna, Sadar, Jaleswar and Bhogarai) of Balasore District, 2 blocks (Betanati and Badasahi) of Mayurbhanj district, 3 blocks ( Korei, Jajpur and Dasarathpur) of Jajpur district and 2 blocks (Bhadnadripokhari and Dhamanagar) of Bhadrak district.
  • Around 3 lakh people have been surrounded by flood water in Balasore district.
  • Air dropping of food packets was there yesterday at 2 places in Remuna block of Balasore.

Combined

  • The twin calamities affected over 1.2 crore people and the death toll has risen to 25 - Ganjam (9), Mayurbhanj (2), Bhadrak (3) Balasore (3), Puri (3), Nayagarh (2), Jagatsinghpur (1), Khurda (1) and Bolangir (1).
  • Cyclone and flood affected 128 blocks, 1,924 GPs, 15,578 villages and 40 urban local bodies.
  • Around 118,19,594 people have been affected.
  • As per preliminary report - animal casualty is 313 large animals, 419 small animals and more than 6000 birds.
  • Around 10,13, 647 people and 31,000 domestic animals have been shifted to flood/cyclone shelters and safe places.
  • Total House Damage is 248,822.

Crop Loss

  • 4,37,723 hectares of crops have been destroyed.
  • An estimated 22% of the total paddy crop production for the State in 2013 have been destroyed
  • Crops damages include: paddy, sugar cane, cotton, peanuts, cashew nuts and others.

Notes to editors:

Save the Children has been working in Odisha since 2007, running disaster preparedness programmes, and works closely with communities - including schools and children - to prepare them to play an active role in disaster management. Its teams were on the ground supporting the Government with evacuation activities before and during the cyclone.

About Save the Children

Save the Children works in 120 countries around the world and in 15 states of India. In India, it runs education, emergencies, health and protection activities.

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