Urgent Support Needed As Cyclone Hudhud Devastates Vishakapatnam
On Sunday October 12, 2014, a severe cyclone hit the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, India causing massive devastation. Visakhapatnam, a city of nearly 2 million in Andhra Pradesh, has suffered extensive damage. The cyclone which hit the coastline on Sunday at a speed of almost 200 kmph claimed 24 lives and demolished around 80,000 thatched huts in Odisha and 6,500 homes in Andhra Pradesh. At least 400,000 people were evacuated in coastal areas, and about 600,000 people are currently sheltered in government relief camps in the three districts and adjoining East Godavari.
People in the cyclone-ravaged town of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh continue to live without electricity and communication facilities for the third day in the row since Sunday. The scarcity of drinking water, milk and other essential commodities have added to the struggles of its people while they remain in darkness and are mostly deprived of potable water.
Women carrying children too are running around to buy milk, some of them standing in long queues. With roads connecting the city to neighbouring districts yet to be cleared, supplies of milk and other essential commodities still remain cut off. Trees have been uprooted, roads have been broken and crops have also been severely damaged. Andhra Pradesh has suffered damages worth thousands of crores, with district officials determining the situation as "complete devastation".
Your Financial Contributions are Desperately Needed
Help support the hundreds of thousands of people in dire need during this moment of crisis. Your financial contributions will be used to provide food, clean water, medical supplies and help rebuild the lives of those most seriously affected by this disaster.
Over 100 SMVA Trust volunteers, including a small team of doctors, have been sent to the most seriously affected areas to distribute food, clothing, clean water, cooking vessels, medical care.
If you wish to help us offer emergency aid please download the PDF below now and send an international bank transfer directly to the SMVA Trust bank account in India. This is the most direct way the funds may reach our volunteer teams. If you are not able to send a bank transfer, you may also send emergency relief funding pay via credit card by clicking the donate button below.
Volunteers Urgently Needed
If you are currently in India and capable of offering support you can join our volunteer teams on the ground in Vishakapatnam to help distribute food, clean water, medical supplies and compassionate care to those in need.
Please fill out this form and our volunteer co-ordinators will email you back as soon as possible.