With winds reaching 150 mph and upwards of 100 million people in its path, Cyclone Fani was one of the strongest storms to hit India in 20 years when it made landfall on early Friday, May 3. Over 1 millions people were evacuated from their homes and moved into shelters in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, and damage was widespread and severe. Thankfully, Cyclone Fani had weakened by the time it hit Bangladesh.
Across the Bay of Bengal, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees remain stranded in camps in Cox’s Bazar. Thankfully, the area was spared the worst of the storm and suffered only minor damage. These camps have helped the Rohingya people survive since they escaped genocide in Burma—but shelter is grossly inadequate. And as monsoon season arrives, our partners in Cox’s Bazar are working to prepare for more extreme weather, which will cause destruction and spread disease in these severely overcrowded camps.
AJWS has always supported the most vulnerable people in the developing world—and it’s these people who, time and time again, are most affected by natural disasters and extreme weather, increasingly frequent due to climate change. That’s why it’s critical that we act now and help communities in India and Bangladesh cope with the destruction of Cyclone Fani, and prepare for future storms.
If we receive donations in excess of funds needed for the Cyclone Fani Disaster Relief Fund, please know they will be used to support AJWS’s work worldwide to help communities recover from disasters, alleviate poverty and fight injustice.