Fourteen districts of Odisha felt the impact of Cyclone Fani on May 3, 2019. More than 10 million were affected by the worst summer cyclone in the state in 43 years, according to government data. With power cuts, broken communication channels, scarcity of basic necessities like food and water, people were struggling to sustain themselves from day to day. The cyclone swept away 70 percent of all mud-houses, uprooted more than 60,000 trees, damaged thousands of boats, partially affected 6,500 schools and completely destroyed all agricultural land and damaged Rs. 525 crore worth of assets, according to government estimates.
To cater to the immediate and basic needs of those affected by Cyclone Fani, Smile Foundation started relief operations in Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur with support from a team of 100 volunteers and the gram panchayats. With an aim to reduce the adverse consequences of disaster on human lives and also bridge the gap between governments’ aided relief and immediate need on ground, the team provided relief supplies to over 10,000 families, including food, drinking water, shelter (tarpaulins), sanitation and hygiene supplies, as well as solar lamps.
Food and clean drinking water distributed to 10,000 people
More than 3500 hygiene and sanitation kits distributed to affected families
Hundreds of volunteers mobilized to help with on ground operations
Need-based distribution of school supplies, solar lamps, tarpaulin shelter and other essentials