Phailin Response 2013

A severe cyclonic storm “Phailin” with wind speed of more than 220 km per hour struck Odisha on 12th October 2013 resulting in massive devastation and severe floods in many districts. Incessant rain followed the cyclone brought floods in two phases. Ganjam and Puri are the worst affected districts due to Phailin. 59 persons died in Cyclone and flood that affected half of the state’s 4.19 crore population spread over 18 districts as per the official figure. Standing crops over nearly 11 lakh hector have been destroyed. Over 8 lakh houses were damaged in nearly 22000 villages while 2000 livestock perished. while Power installations worth about 12000 crores got damaged. Nearly four lakh (400000) electric poles uprooted alone in Ganjam district.

Immediately CYSD set up a forum called Odisha Phailin Response Forum (OPRF) an alliance of civil society organizations for Phailin response. CYSD in collaboration with local NGO partners undertook the activities to respond to the immediate needs of the people.
Immediate Relief support

  • Distribution of Non-Food Item kits for immediate use by the affected people
  • Distribution of Supplementary nutrition for children
  • Distribution of Sanitary materials like bleaching, Halogen tablet, phynile, soap etc…
  • Health check up and free medicine distribution
  • Renovation, making Anganwadi Centers child friendly & play material support to AWC
  • Sanitation drive through local volunteers

Restoration support

  • Village disaster management committees were formed to mobilize the community, identify the beneficiaries, manage the distribution of NFI kits, and facilitate sanitation drive in villages.
  • Orientation cum cleanliness activities to maintain sanitation at village level
  • Self employment mechanics training organized for the selected groups


  • Livelihood restoration through unconditional cash transfers
  • Promoting and strengthening the capacity of Self Help Groups, child clubs, youth clubs, farmer groups, and emergency response groups on disaster risk management
  • Training to families on adoption of climate friendly livelihoods & water conservation systems

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