Tropical Cyclone Fani made landfall Friday morning equivalent to a category 4 hurricane in the state of Odisha near the city of Puri in northeastern India, which is home to about 46 million people. On Thursday over 1 million people were evacuated from low-lying areas before landfall. This is the largest evacuation in Indian history.
As of Friday morning there have been two deaths reported, which is an unexpectedly low number considering the topography of the region and strength of the storm. This is a result of India’s robust disaster response infrastructure, which it has been building since a similar storm hit Odisha in 1999 killing 10,000 people. In 2005 they created the National Disaster Management Authority, which is designed to minimize the impact of disasters. Government efforts have been three-pronged, comprising information campaigns leading up to the storm, massive evacuations to government shelters, and mobilizing emergency personal as soon as the storm hit.
Because FBB’s Disaster Recovery program focuses on unmet need, we are not currently raising funds for Fani. However, we are continuing to monitor the storm and will make an announcement if the need for support arises.
To keep our attention focused and maximize our effectiveness, Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) selects a limited number of disaster events to respond to.
The expressed support of the humanist community is a major factor in our decision process and we do rely on the information you submit here to help make our decision. After a major disaster strikes, use this form to let FBB know that you think a response is appropriate. If we are not able to respond to that particular disaster, we may feature a secular disaster recovery organization who is working in the area.
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The Humanist Disaster Recovery program is sustained through a partnership between Foundation Beyond Belief and the American Humanist Association (AHA).
We thank AHA for their generous support of our efforts.