Three months after Cyclone Phailin made landfall on India’s Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coastlines, a consortium of aid agencies has received a two million euro grant for humanitarian and early recovery projects from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).
Led by ActionAid, with Oxfam, Christian Aid, Plan and ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the consortium will provide a 10 month programme of support to over 180,000 people from the worst affected and most socially disadvantaged communities.
Cyclone Phailin prompted India’s biggest evacuation in 23 years with more than 550,000 people moved from the coast to safer areas on 11 October 2013. The cyclone caused extensive damage to people’s lives and livelihoods. It is this aspect of the relief operation that the grant is designed to address.
India-based consortium spokesperson Sandeep Chachra, thanked ECHO on behalf of aid agencies. He said: “This is vital and cutting edge work that will make a substantial difference to the lives of the most vulnerable and needy.
“ECHO is enabling us to work holistically and dramatically improve lives in some of India’s poorest communities with a mix of cash donations, practical outputs and community mobilisation.”
The consortium will organise the rehabilitation and installation of new wells, community toilets and bath cubicles, as well as repair and reconstruct houses. It will run public hygiene campaigns, run on-the-job training in masonry and carpentry and arrange cash for work projects and cash donations. It will also provide local people with the skills to lobby local authorities and government to deliver against promises made in the aftermath of the cyclone.