Eileen Burke 203.216.0718
Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153
(In Orissa state, India) Devandra Tak, +91 9811168488 and on Twitter: @Devendratak
|The first images taken of Cyclone Phailin by Save The Children staff on the ground in Puri, Orissa / Odisha, eastern India. Images show large waves and damage on the eastern coast of India caused by strong winds from the on coming cyclone. Credit: Valay Singh Rai/ Save The Children|
WESTPORT, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2013) – As Cyclone Phailin began pounding the East Coast of India today, Save the Children is preparing to provide much-needed relief supplies, including water, food baskets and hygiene kits to children and families uprooted and affected by the storm.
Save the Children staff arrived in Orissa, one of the areas expected to be hit hard by the cyclone, earlier today. Devendra Tak, national manager of media and communications for Save the Children said, “Our plane took four attempts to land in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, on Saturday morning because conditions were so bad – and as soon as we disembarked they shut the airport. As we drove towards the coast we passed uprooted trees, damaged houses and towns like ghost towns as most people had been evacuated to cyclone shelters. When we got to the coast the waves were extremely high – the sea was like a cauldron of boiling water. It’s getting windier and the rain is increasing hour on hour. The cyclone is about to make landfall anytime now and we will begin to know the extent of its damage overnight.”
Donate to the Cyclone Phailin Children in Emergency Fund or visit www.savethechildren.org/india for more information.
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