Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Hyderabad, Apr 9:
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $3.4 million to non-governmental organizations to support recovery activities for vulnerable, Cyclone Phailin-affected communities in Odisha, a release from the US Consulate General’s office here said today.
” The cyclone made landfall in India’s Odisha State in October 2013 and was the second-strongest storm to ever make landfall in India. It affected an estimated 13 million people and caused significant damage to houses and agricultural land,” the release said.
The U.S. support will target communities in the Ganjam district of Odisha, where the cyclone damaged nearly 50 percent of homes, as well as communities in the Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts.
The release said, ” U.S.-supported shelter recovery activities will benefit more than 7,000 households, or 35,000 people. The assistance will facilitate the provision of transitional shelters, repair of partially damaged homes, and support for “cash-for-work” the initiative, all of which will help enhance community infrastructure recovery. Affected families will also receive vouchers for building materials and financial support to repair homes. This assistance will be coordinated through and by Indian national, state, and local authorities, and builds on immediate humanitarian assistance provided earlier by India, the United States, and other international partners.
“Additionally, the cyclone damaged or destroyed many household gardens in targeted areas, reducing access to food for many affected families.
Approximately 8,450 households – 42,300 people – will receive assistance to improve livelihoods and strengthen food security through the distribution of seeds, training in improved gardening practices, and resumption of gardening activities. Assistance will also strengthen protection services, establish child-friendly spaces, and aid persons with disabilities.
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