Emergency Relief for Victims of Cyclone Phailin



International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Team is on the ground in India following Cyclone Phailin, a powerful cyclone that struck the country's east coast on October 12. International Medical Corps' emergency response doctors are on the ground, determining the needs of the more than 8 million people affected by this storm. The Indian government's preparation saved countless lives, but survivors now need emergency medical care and non-food items like tents and water purification equipment.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Approximately one million people in Odisha state and Andhra Pradesh took shelter after authorities issued warnings, and conducted evacuations which minimized the loss of life. However, an estimated 230,000 homes were damaged, 2,000 square miles of crops were washed away, and livelihoods were destroyed. India's disaster response teams will need help during relief operations, as early reports indicate health centers were damaged and may not be equipped to deliver care to the returning evacuees.

How will this project solve this problem?

International Medical Corps doctors are on the ground now and traveling to the region. As First Responders to numerous disasters, we know that critical healthcare, nutrition, sanitation and clean water are needed. During past interventions we delivered critical medicines, supplies, and equipment; fed evacuees via food distributions; built latrines; and provided clean water. We also delivered health care through mobile medical units. That's just the beginning of the needs of displaced families.

Potential Long Term Impact

Over the long-term, we anticipate that sanitation and nutrition services will be critical as India rebuilds. International Medical Corps' mission is to return communities to self-reliance after a disaster, so we will work to deliver services and build local capacity to address long-term challenges. We will also ensure that displaced families have access to healthcare, nutrition, clean water, and psychosocial support - so they can stay healthy while they rebuild.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10 .  The original project funding goal was $85,000.


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Erica Tavares

Director, Resource Development
Santa Monica, CA United States

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