Published in: 2021
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
On 3 May 2019, Cyclone Fani made landfall in Puri district, in Odisha State, India. More than 1 million homes were destroyed, and approximately 16.5 million people were affected. Preliminary figures by the government estimated the damages and loss to more than Rs.12,000 crores (over USD1.6 billion). The UNICEF Field Office (FO) in Odisha, as part of their humanitarian assistance programme in the State, supported the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department in restoring access to safe drinking water for about 250.00 affected individuals. Key health and hygiene messages were promoted to more than 25,000 people in 20 villages in Kanas block, and 1,000 hygiene kits were distributed to the affected households. To ensure that proper sanitation and hygiene practices were maintained in the affected communities, 400 masons were trained to repair and retrofit damaged toilets, over 240 hand-pump tube wells were tested and chlorinated, and more than 600 adolescent girls were sensitized on safe menstrual hygiene management (MHM). The WASH section collaborated with other UNICEF departments such as Nutrition and Communication for Development (C4D) to deliver a holistic response.
UNICEF (2021). Learning from The Disaster Capital of India: Responding to Cyclone Fani with Holistic WASH Programming. UNICEF
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