India: Cyclone Fani

Extremely severe cyclone Fani (pronounced, ‘Foni’) will likely cross the State of Odisha, between Gopalpur and Chandabali on the afternoon of 3rd May.  The Indian government is expecting strong winds and heavy rainfall with maximum wind speed of more than 150.  Pacific Disaster Center estimates that about 16.7 million people will be severely affected with damaged houses and other infrastructures.  Crops will be potentially flooded with serious impact on livelihood and food security.  Water systems may also be damaged, making access to drinking water difficult and sanitation will be affected.

ACT India Forum has convened to prepare for a possible response. ACT members CASA and LWSIT have alerted the communities in Odisha where they have been working for a long time.