“We are distributing chlorine tablets to address immediate water purification needs in the community. We also plan to support affected communities with hygiene kits, and emergency shelter relief materials. We are also assessing the situation on food security issues and if there are gaps we plan also to provide food assistance. The largest evacuation in the country's recent history helped keep casualties to a minimum but we shouldn’t underestimate the scale of this disaster. There are millions of people who will need support to rebuild their homes and livelihoods”, adds Zaman.
The cyclone Phailin left on Sunday leaving a trail of destruction for almost 90 lakh people stuck in the middle of one of the largest natural disasters. It destroyed 300 000 hectare of standing paddy crop and over 234,000 houses were either fully or partially damaged. A total damage is estimated to be around Rs 1400 crores.
Oxfam is marking its 62nd year in India this year. Oxfam India, a fully independent Indian organization (with Indian staff and an Indian Board) is a member of a global confederation of 17 Oxfams.
The Oxfams are rights-based organizations that fight poverty and injustice by linking grassroots programming (through partner NGOs) to local, national and global advocacy and policy-making. All of Oxfam’s work is framed by our commitment to five broad rights-based aims: the right to a sustainable livelihood, the right to basic social services, the right to life and security, the right to be heard and the right to equality: gender and diversity.