Cyclone Yaas 2021

Cyclonic Storm Yaas was a relatively strong and very damaging tropical cyclone that made landfall in Odisha and brought significant impacts to West Bengal during late May 2021.

Odisha

It devastated coastal towns in Bhadrak, Balasore, Jagatsinghpur in Odisha along with East Medinipur coastal area and Sagar Islands under South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, with 5.8 lakhs people evacuated in Odisha and 15 lakhs in West Bengal.

The population impacted by Cyclone Yaas in Odisha were already reeling under the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and successive cyclones in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Due to Cyclone Yaas people have been displaced and lost most of their household items. There are huge villages scattered across several blocks where tidal surges and rainfall has led to large numbers of villages being under water, which resulted in a huge requirement for shelter, drinking water, food needs and hygiene, especially due to the pandemic situation.

  • CARE India with support of its partner organisation FORWARD (Favorable Organisation Rural Welfare and Regional development), completed RNA of the affected blocks.
  • Immediate relief via 580 full relief kits (Shelter and WASH NFIs) to 580 households across 2 Gram Panchayats, whose houses were completely damaged.
  • Reached out to 2900 people from the most marginalised sections, particularly the scheduled caste and minority communities displaced due to cyclone.

Impact:

  • Residents in affected areas received immediate relief and early recovery support focused on food security, shelter, WASH, and livelihood.

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