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June 15, 2020

Nisarga is the worst cyclone to hit the region in more than 70 years

Cyclone Nisarga made landfall on India’s West Coast on the 3rd June, impacting vulnerable communities in Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat.

Up to 40,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and an estimated 500,000 houses have been completely destroyed or partially damaged. Initial estimates has placed the number of people affected at around 3 million.

Significant infrastructural damage has been reported, with roads and highways impacted, and electricity and telecommunication lines down. The areas most affected by the damage are Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra.

Pandemic regulations hinders relief efforts

Maharashtra currently has the highest rate of Covid-19 infections, and restrictions on movement imposed by the authorities has hindered response efforts in the area.

Thousands of Indian families are reliant on agricultural activities as a source of income, and since the Covid-19 restrictions came into play, were receiving subsidised food grain rations. The cyclone has disrupted this assistance from the government.

Vast areas of horticultural land have been severely damaged and the incessant rains have destroyed food stocks as well as agriculture. Relief agencies are concerned that the incoming monsoon season will likely further impact already vulnerable communities.

Many poor families including tribal & dalit migrants who depend on daily wages have returned back to these coastal areas from cities with no jobs or resources to sustain themselves. This inevitably has had a serious implications on their day-to-day lives.

Islamic Relief SA pledges R2 million towards India Cyclone Emergency

Islamic Relief India, through a local partner, has carried out a rapid assessment in the areas most affected to identify the priority needs.

Islamic Relief South Africa has pledged R2 million from our Global Emergencies Fund for the immediate response.

Our aim is to reach 2,400 of the most vulnerable households in the affected areas with food support, temporary shelter and agri-input support.

We need your help to reach as many people as possible.

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