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    25000 feared dead in Orissa cyclone- Please help
    Prime Minister's Relief Fund
    Embassy of India
    Attn: Head of Chancery
    2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20008


    Prime Minister's Relief Fund
    Prime Minister's Office
    South Block, New Delhi

    Shri RR Dash
    Head of Chancery
    Embassy of India
    Washington, DC
    (202) 939-7020

    Shri Bhagat Singh
    Central Relief Commissioner
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Tel: 91-11-338-3977
    Fax: 91-11-338-4555

    Office of the Principal Resident Commissioner - Orissa
    New Delhi
    Tel: 91-11-3019771; 3018498; 3792002
    Fax: 91-11-3010839

    Special Relief Commissioner - Orissa
    Tel: 91-674-40152 & 91-674-403832

    Control Room
    DRTC, (Near XIM, B Square, CYSD)
    Bhubaneswar, Orissa
    Tel: 91- 674- 582377; 91- 674- 582983

    Online Donations
    National Council of Asian Indian Associations

    India Network Foundation

    India Network Foundation
    Orissa Cyclone Relief Fund
    P.O. Box 556
    Bowling Green, OH 43402


    CRY Inc.
    PO Box 372, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0372
    Tel: (877) 233-2222

    151 Ellis Street, Atlanta Georgia 30303-2426
    Tel: 800-422-7385 Fax: 404-577-5977

    American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross has established a fund for the India cyclone victims.
    Donors wishing to designate their gifts to India should make checks payable to
    the American Red Cross--International Response Fund and earmarked for India
    Cyclone Relief in the memo section of the check or an accompanying letter,
    should specify India Cyclone Relief.

    By post to:
    PO BOX 999

    Cheques payable to: THE DEC INDIA CYCLONE APPEAL

    A secure online credit card donation services or you may send your donation to your
    local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

    thank you for the info. its very said, may God help them.



      The Background:
      The authorities in the eastern Indian state of Orissa say they are struggling to meet the cost of providing relief to some three million families hit by last month's devastating cyclone.

      It's now known that more than 9,500 people died - but that figure is expected to rise substantially. The number of homeless runs into millions.

      "I have travelled to many parts of the world in the course of relief work. I don't remember ever having seen such a devastation," said the head of one relief organisation.

      The Indian Government has admitted that army relief efforts have still not reached up to 400 villages. Officials in the state - one of the most neglected and underdeveloped in India - have asked the federal government in Delhi to declare the cyclone a national disaster.

      Why isn't more being done to help Orissa?

      Are the hapless victims of the cyclone now caught up in political bad feeling between the state and central governments? Or is the outside world partly to blame by being slow to respond? Or perhaps the task is so overwhelming that it will take time to help all those affected.

      Tell us what you think.

      One opinion:
      Whilst we are sitting in the comfort of our own homes, these people do not have the luxury, or likely to in the foreseeable future. More must be done now. Wouldn't it be nice to see a gesture from Pakistan?
      Gareth, UK


        Donations are tax deductible in US.



          Orissa, India
          Emergency Bulletin 1

          5 November 1999
          at a glance

          KEY ISSUES
          CHILDREN health - there have been initial outbreaks of dysentery, cholera, gastro-enteritis and malaria; children under 5 years will be worst affected
          shelter - two million people are thought to have been made homeless by the cyclone
          food - many families have had nothing to eat for a week. The break-down of infrastructure means that families cannot access food from markets

          KEY THEMES FOR
          SAVE THE CHILDREN relief - initial relief efforts will focus on two districts of Puri, northern Orissa. The 'first-line' response will include medical supplies, food, cooking fuel, water purification tablets, shelter and blankets targetted at 200,000 people including 40,000 children under 5 years
          voice for children - SCF is working to ensure that emergency response efforts prioritise children's needs
          food for work - in southern Orissa, which was devastated by a cyclone in mid October, SCF is planning food-for-work programmes

          KEY PARTNERs All emergency work will be carried out in partnership with local NGOs and the government

          summary On Friday 29th October a 'super cyclone' hit the northern Orissan coast at Paradip. It was the second disaster to hit the state in two weeks - in mid-October the southern coast was also hit by a cyclone. Accurate estimates of damage across the state remain very difficult, but some observers believe that up to 5,000 people have been killed and 15 million may be affected. More than half of this number are children.

          Save the Children is sending a four-person assessment team to Orissa to look at the impact of the cyclones on children. SCF's long-term partners in Orissa, local NGOs, will be involved in this assessment and in any subsequent response.
          In the UK, Save the Children is part of the joint-agency Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which will launch an appeal for Orissa on 9th November.

          cyclone A 'super cyclone' with winds of up to 160 miles per hour hit the coast of northern Orissa on Friday 29th October. It was followed by tidal waves up to 30 metres high which swept 15 kilometres inland. Accurate reports of damage remain very difficult as telecommunications have been disrupted across the state. However, estimates suggest that up to 15 million people have been affected and 2 million have lost their homes. The number of people killed is still unknown. So far, 924 bodies have been recovered, but many observers believe that the final death toll will be into the thousands.

          This was the second cyclone to hit Orissa in a fortnight. Earlier in the month a cyclone hit the southern coast; although not widely reported, this storm caused widespread damage and significant loss of life. Ganjam, Puri and Khurda districts were all badly affected, and in Gopalpur 27 villages were submerged. The BBC reports that relief still has not reached 60 per cent of the population, and that half are still marooned in floodwaters.
          Food distribution is very difficult as many areas remain under water, and many people have now been without food for a week. There are reports of supply trucks being looted and of armed gangs holding-up traffic and robbing houses.

          HEALTH FEARS
          The flood waters are now contaminated with animal carcasses and dead bodies, leading to fears that there may be outbreaks of cholera and water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea. Poor sanitation is adding to the problem: many people forced from their homes have congregated together and sanitation facilities are insufficient to cope.
          Drinking water is usually drawn from tube wells. However, widespread flooding and displacement mean that many people cannot access clean water from this source.

          The State of Orissa has declared a state of emergency and there are now 5,000 Indian Army troops in the state attempting to clear roads, re-open ports (so that supplies can be delivered) and drop food by helicopter. The US government has offered $2.1 million in emergency food and shelter supplies, and Germany will send $530,000.

          Key issues affecting children

          Although an accurate assessment of the impact of the cyclone on children is still not possible, previous experience suggests that the immediate physical and emotional effects are likely to be severe. Some children will have lost parents, siblings and/or other members of their family. This will cause immediate distress and may have economic consequences, particularly if the main bread-winner has been killed. Many children will also be traumatised by the experience of living through the storm. These children will need physical care and emotional support immediately and in the longer-term. A particular concern is that children may be placed in institutional care.

          health There are initial reports of cholera, malaria and dysentery. If serious epidemics of cholera and water-borne diseases do occur, there will be high numbers of deaths among children under 5 years. Children who have not eaten for many days are particularly vulnerable. Orissa is one of the poorest States in India and, even before the cyclone, health services struggled to meet needs. Without substantial support, services will not have the capacity to prevent or respond to major epidemics.

          food Food is an urgent priority. The amount of food aid being delivered to Orissa is insufficient; distribution systems are poorly organised, which means that rations to not reach all those in need; and infrastructure breakdown means that there are no markets.

          shelter In some areas, 100 per cent of mud houses have been destroyed. There has also been extensive damage to bamboo houses and some concrete housing. In total, an estimated 2 million people have been made homeless. Continued exposure is likely to have damaging effects on children's health, particularly as winter approaches. Children's clothes will be required.

          The full extent of damage to crops, farmland and livestock is not yet known. However, Orissa's Finance Minister has said that the paddy crop has been wiped out and that cashew and coconut plantations are badly affected. ActionAid reports that in one area, Puri district, 25,000 cattle have died. This could throw many farming families into a cycle of poverty and deprivation.
          Other families also face economic hardship. Small business people may have lost their tools and stock. Female-headed households are likely to experience even greater poverty. Tribal people who migrate to Orissa to work have seen their earnings swept away, and day labourers have been thrown out of work.

          education There is little hard evidence about the impact of the cyclone on schools. However, it is likely that many schools will have been damaged or destroyed, and that undamaged schools are being used as shelters (so classes cannot be held). Education provision was already very inadequate in Orissa, and services will be under even greater pressure as a result of the disaster.

          Education can play an important role in helping children to cope in the aftermath of the cyclone. Schools provide a forum in which practical survival skills can be taught, as well as a sense of stability and normalcy that can aid long-term recovery.

          SCF response
          introduction Save the Children Fund (SCF) has a small office in Bhawanapatna, Orissa, that focuses on long-term development work. SCF has not been operational in northern Orissa since 1988. However, one of SCF's main partners in the south, PREM (People's Rural Education Movement), works in three of the 10 districts worst affected by the second cyclone.

          relief SCF has completed an initial assessment of the impact of the cyclone on children and is focussing relief efforts on two districts in Puri, Nimapara and Astarang. These districts, on the coast, have been particularly badly-affected: 100 per cent of mud houses have been destroyed and 75 children killed. Supplies of food, kerosene (cooking oil), medicine, water purification tablets, shelter and blankets will be delivered to these areas and distributed by PREM. The aim is to reach 200,000 people, including 104,000 under 18 years and 40,000 children under 5 years. A further assessment, which looks at the situation of separated children and the need for education will be carried out shortly.

          Save the Children will also work to ensure that the government and other agencies with a much greater operational presence in Orissa take the needs of children into account in their response efforts. SCF is part of inter-agency co-ordination groups in London, Delhi and Orissa, and will use these forums to draw attention to the specific problems that children are likely to face and encourage their involvement in relief programmes.

          SCF was already responding the first cyclone to hit Orissa when the second cyclone hit on 29th October. An assessment of damage in the south is currently underway and interventions will focus on 'medium-term' measures such as food-for-work programmes. Shelter for families that have lost their homes will also be provided. These programmes will be implemented in partnership with PREM and the government, and are expected to be up and running very soon. The affected population will be active participants.

          Save the Children Fund`s (SCF) first involvement with India was in 1919. SCF started work in pre-independence India, by providing relief during emergencies, initially in 1935 following the Baluchistan earthquake. (Baluchistan is now in Pakistan.) SCF channelled funding through the government and local non-governmental organisations. SCF also provided emergency assistance in Bengal in the famine of 1943, and following floods in 1959. In 1960 SCF started its programme of assistance to Tibetan refugees living in exile in India.

          SCF established its programme office in Delhi in 1975 to coordinate existing programmes and investigate new areas of work. Since that time, SCF's work has moved on from supporting relief programmes to developing long-term work diversifying into health, education, economic and social development. SCF's programme is implemented in partnership with local voluntary organisations, and covers 11 states within India. The budget for 1998/99 is 1,300,000.