Women receive supplies at a USAID/OFDA-funded seed fair in Odisha State, India.
Women receive supplies at a USAID/OFDA-funded seed fair in Odisha State, India.
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On October 12, 2012, Tropical Cyclone Phailin made landfall in India's coastal Odisha State, triggering floods and causing at least 47 deaths and significant damage to houses, infrastructure, and agricultural land in Odisha and parts of neighboring Andhra Pradesh State, according to the Government of India (GoI). As of October 25, the cyclone and floods had affected approximately 13 million people and damaged or destroyed an estimated 420,000 houses in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

On October 25, 2012, U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell declared a disaster due to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Phailin. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $100,000 through USAID/India to a non-governmental organization working in affected areas to procure and distribute emergency relief items.


India is one of the world’s most hazard-prone countries, regularly experiencing cyclones, drought, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and landslides. These hazards threaten millions of lives and can cause large-scale financial, infrastructure, and agricultural losses. Recent major disasters include the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004 and the South Asia earthquake in October 2005. USAID/OFDA supports a number of regional and country-specific disaster risk reduction activities in India, including support for improving climate risk management in urban areas and building local disaster response capacity.

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Last updated: January 03, 2014

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