Cyclone Fani, a category 4 tropical cyclone, made landfall in Odisha, India on May 3, affecting more than 15 million people across 16,000 villages. 1.5 million people were evacuated from their homes. Households in Puri district are without access to adequate food, shelter, basic protection, and clean water. The majority of houses in this district have been damaged or destroyed, leaving people at risk for the approaching monsoon season.
Islamic Relief will work to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to 2,000 of the most vulnerable cyclone-affected households in the state of Odisha through the provision of shelter and WASH support, including a cash-for-work component.
Hygiene kits, adapted for women and girls and known as dignity kits, will be provided to all 2,000 families. Existing water sources will be rehabilitated, disinfected and chlorinated. Islamic Relief will also conduct public health promotion sessions to raise awareness about proper hygiene and sanitation practices.
Islamic Relief will also provide paid work opportunities so that residents can support themselves while participating in cleaning debris from their communities.