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Communities Rebuild After Cyclone Phailin

In the aftermath of the cyclone, women survey the structural damage to their home.
In the aftermath of the cyclone, women survey the structural damage to their home.
November 6, 2013

On the 13th of October, Cyclone Phailin crashed into the coastline of Odisha, India with devastating winds and severe flooding that has left a trail of destruction behind in its wake.

It has been estimated that nearly 12 million residents have returned to their communities to find that their homes, farms, and other infrastructure have been destroyed or determined structurally unsafe.

These families are now struggling to rebuild their lives with the few resources that are readily available.

“Early evacuation has helped to save thousands of lives. However, devastation is widespread and cyclone-affected communities need dedicated and long-term support to get back on their feet,” says Bhagyashri Dengle, the Executive Director of Plan India.

Women and Children At Risk


Plan has begun relief operations and is working with 2,000 households which are in the most need of assistance in the Ganjam district. Since women and children are often the most vulnerable in the days following a disaster, their safety, security, and welfare will be at the heart of Plan’s relief efforts.

Plan's relief operations will provide:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Access to proper sanitation and educational services
  • Psychological support, and
  • Child protection services


How You Can Help


With thousands of families affected, we’ll need your help! Plan is currently collecting funds for those who have been affected by disasters, like the cyclone in India. Your generous gift will be used to support Plan’s Disaster Relief and Recovery programs in India or wherever the need is greatest.

Donate to the Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund to ensure that these families will have the resources that are needed to rebuild, recover, and flourish.

Information for Sponsors


We will contact sponsors directly if we receive any news about individual sponsored children. If you are planning a visit or have any particular concerns around this issue, please contact our Donor Relations staff at or at 1-800-556-7918.


Plan's Work in India

Plan has worked in India for over 30 years and, as a result, it is one of the largest international non-governmental organizations working within the country. We have extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and other crises, deploying teams of technical experts to support the immediate delivery of clean drinking water, food, medical supplies, educational resources, and psychosocial support that will not only provide communities with the nourishment that they need, but will also provide them with the counseling that will enable them to recover, faster. We have been internationally recognized for our ability to protect children from abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence, when they are the most vulnerable.






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