About 15.09 million people in India’s eastern state of Odisha were badly affected by the “extremely severe” Cyclone Fani, in May 2019. There was widespread destruction from heavy rains, powerful winds and storm surge as the category 4 cyclone tore through 14 districts in the state and moved north in the Bay of Bengal.
Indian Meteorological Department’s early warnings helped government authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and minimize the loss of lives. A total destruction of thatched huts, major damages to roads and uprooting of power poles, etc. resulted due to sustained winds of about 155 miles per hour when the cyclone made a landfall. Dozens of people were killed and tens of thousands were rendered homeless.
NGO: Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Odisha
In order to provide immediate relief to the victims of the tropical cyclone, IDRF sent funds to serve 1,000 cooked food packets at the Leprosy Colony in Puri.
In the aftermath of the cyclone, water sources in several villages were found to be saline and contaminated. With the help of funds from IDRF, the ground-partner NGO Sri Sathya Sai Trust is installing Reverse Osmosis (RO) water plants in the affected villages to provide safe and clean drinking water to the people. Each of the RO water plants will cater to the daily needs of around 500 families.
Several trees in the state were badly damaged or uprooted as a result of sustained wind speeds of 150 miles an hour. The local government is providing tree saplings at a very nominal price to the NGO under their Green Revolution program. IDRF is providing funds to plant, fence, and manure and maintain at least 39,000 trees in different parts of the state.
NGO: HOPE Foundation
The fury of the cyclone left behind a trail of destruction in Bhubaneswar, where ‘Velji Keshar Ben Popat School’ building was badly destroyed by the storm and heavy rains. More than 20 trees were uprooted in the school compound, electricity poles were damaged resulting in compete for power outage in the building, the water-pump house collapsed, the drinking water supply and sewage pipes were disrupted, kitchen and dining hall were flooded and equipment like computers, school supplies, and sleeping material, etc. were destroyed.
IDRF has started the program to repair and rebuild the school and its infrastructure. This school is attended by children from extremely poor families and the damages to the building and utilities have disrupted their studies.
Several poor families have lost all their livestock which were their only means of sustenance. IDRF has started a program to rehabilitate the livelihood of these victims, by extending micro-credit to 50 families to rebuild their lives. In addition to loans, 400 + fruit-bearing tree saplings and vegetable seeds would be provided to the poor households to supplement their income.