Convoy of Hope is responding to destruction caused by Cyclone Fani, which struck the eastern coast of India. Cyclone Fani reached its peak intensity on May 2 as the equivalent of a high-end Category 4 major hurricane. The storm caused widespread flooding and extensive wind and storm surge damage.
Prior to Fani’s landfall, authorities in India and Bangladesh moved over 1 million people onto higher ground and into cyclone shelters. This action is thought to have substantially reduced the death toll. As of May 12, 89 people are known to have been killed by Fani in both Eastern India and Bangladesh.
Though many families were spared in this disaster, thousands of families lost their homes and are in need of relief. Convoy of Hope and our in-country contacts are distributing food and water to many families caught in the path of Fani, who are in desperate need of assistance after this deadly disaster.
May 3, 2019 | 11:17 a.m.
Cyclone Fani, the strongest tropical cyclone to hit India in 20 years, made landfall today as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. Despite the mandatory evacuations enforced on roughly 1 million people, fatalities have been reported. The storm is expected to weaken some as it moves toward the densely-populated city of Kolkata and then to Bangladesh.
Convoy of Hope is closely monitoring the situation and is actively working with connections in India and Bangladesh to evaluate the nature of our response. We will update the blog with information as the situation continues to unfold over the weekend.
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