On 12 October 2013, Odisha dealt with a severe natural disaster – Phailin. It was categorized as a Very Severe Cyclone and occurred only fourteen years after the Super Cyclone of 1999. Phailin, with a wind speed of 200-220 km/h, caused massive destruction and flooding in Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Balasore, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Cuttack, Puri, and Khurda districts.
After the destruction, when people began returning to their homes, they faced a massive challenge of rebuilding their lives. There was a loss of 621,184 hectares of agricultural and horticultural land. 376,921 homes were severely damaged. There was a danger of increased transmission of waterborne diseases with no fresh water supply and poor sanitation and hygiene conditions.
BIPF decided to reach out and support those who were affected. BIPF distributed food grains, tarpaulin sheets, and other essential requirements to the people affected by the calamity. It also provided food grains to District Administration for mass cooking. In addition, BIPF along with IMFA made a donation to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
In 2017, floods wreaked havoc in Odisha’s Rayagada district. To help those who were affected, IMFA made a donation to the District Magistrate of Rayagada. In addition, IMFA also contributed cooked food and relief packets of dry foods such as flat rice, molasses, biscuits, candle, and matchbox which were distributed in the rehabilitation centers.
IMFA is committed to doing its bit for rehabilitating those who get affected by natural calamities and disasters.
Within its means and supported by a grant from IMFA, the Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation is reaching out to those affected by Cyclone Phailin. Any additional funds will expand the outreach of our relief activities and will be very welcome. If you would like to donate towards relief activities, please contact us. A separate bank account "BIPF Phailin Relief Fund" has been opened and your contribution will go exclusively towards relief activities. All donations are eligible for tax deduction under section 80G (5).Know About All Relief Activities