Cyclone Phailin

ISKCON Food Relief Foundation Feeds Nearly 30,000 Victims of Cyclone Phailin

By: Madhava Smullen ISKCON News on Nov. 1, 2013 (SOURCE: ISKCON NEWS) More than half of Odisha’s 42 million population have been affected by Cyclone Phailin and resulting floods Two weeks after Cyclone Phailin struck Odisha (formerly Orissa) and Andhra Pradesh at 140 mph, the Eastern Indian states are still reeling. According to aljazeera.com, just forty-five people have been reported dead in Odisha, but more than half of the state’s population of 42 million has been affected by the cyclone and resulting floods. 800,000 houses and over 860,000 hectares of farmland have been damaged, while 210,000 electrical poles and over two and a half million trees have been uprooted. Villagers sheltering on the roof of their flooded home Doing its part to help, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (an affiliate of Food for Life Global)– which delivers healthy vegetarian meals to 1.2 million underprivileged school children around India every day — flew members into Odisha on October 15th. A volunteer crew of fifty devotees has been cooking kichari at the small ISKCON center in Remuna for the past two weeks, and delivering it along with drinking water to affected villages in Odisha’s Balasore District. Balasore District villagers forced to live on the streets after their homes were destroyed by the cyclone During their first round of relief work, from October 15th to 21st, devotees have fed 27,500 people in thirty villages. Many of these villages had been completely flooded by the Suvarna Rekha river for three days straight, leaving residents unable to get food for their survival. Villagers, forced to take shelter on the roofs of their inundated homes, were starving. Some had not eaten any food at all for two days. Others were left huddling in the streets, as their homes had been completely destroyed. “It was a most painful […]

Food for Life Annamrita responding to Cyclone Phailin

India Cyclone

Super Tropical Cyclone Phailin Has Made Landfall in Northeastern India Tropical Cyclone Phailin has made landfall in northeastern India, where a catastrophe threatens to unfold and deaths are already being reported. The approach of Phailin, among the most powerful historical cyclones in the region, has led to the evacuation of about 500,000 people, according to the Australian ABC News website. Destructive winds well over 160 kph (100 mph) and flooding rain of at least 200 mm (8 inches) likely targeted a substantial area spanning the site of the cyclone’s landfall. A crippling storm surge of 4-6 meters (14-20 feet) may have swamped the coast near the point of landfall. The India Meteorological Department confirmed that Phailin made landfall in Gopalpur Saturday evening with winds over 200 kph (125 mph). Food for Life Annamrita team responding Volunteers from from ISKCON Juhu temple in Mumbai, India, along with a core team of volunteers at Food for Life Annamrita are responding in full force with all their equipment and expertise to provide hot vegan meals to the victims of this natural disaster. As details come in, we will report more. How you can help Food for Life Global is accepting donations on behalf of the relief team, however, you can also donate directly to the project in India through their site. www.annamrita.org  DONATE through FFLG Donate to the Food for Life Global emergency fund to help FFLG coordinate disaster relief when the need arises. Volunteer You can also help out by sharing our relief efforts online through your social network or assisting in other ways to help us raise funds to support the volunteers on the ground. APPLY NOW