Emergency Response to Cyclone Amphan in Odisha and West Bengal, India.
Cyclone Amphan was the first tropical cyclone of 2020 and the strongest ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal. The cyclone is believed to have affected 4.5 million people in Odisha and as many as 60 million in West Bengal. State authorities organised evacuations but 85 people still lost their lives. The damage is estimated to total almost $13.5 billion.
COVID-19 exacerbates the emergency, leaving those affected by the cyclone acutely vulnerable.
Together with local partners they are:
- providing essential hygiene items, food supplies and shelter or cash for work assistance to 3,000 households (approximately 14,000 individuals) in targeted areas of Odisha and West Bengal states;
- lessening the impact of Cyclone Amphan and the potential spread of COVID-19.
You can read more in the project brief here.