Almost 15 000 vulnerable families affected by Cyclone Phailin in India will receive much-needed relief funded by the European Commission. The solidarity of Europeans will help give temporary shelter, clothes, clean water and kitchen utensils in impoverished, disaster-hit communities.
Cyclone Phailin disrupted the lives of millions of men, women and children and damaged infrastructure, houses and livelihoods. Many lives were saved due to the timely evacuation of almost a million people to safe shelters before the storm's landfall. But hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes and jobs (as farming and fishing were badly hit). The health risks arising from contaminated water are also high.
The European Commission is making this situation better with its timely aid (worth €96 748). On the ground, this assistance will be managed by the Indian Red Cross Society.