This weekend on October 12th Cyclone Hudhud hit the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh killing 21 people and counting, and leaving devastation in its path.

The storm occurred exactly one year after Cyclone Phaillin hit the same area and left thousands without homes to return to after a mass evacuation.

Winds of Cyclone Hudhud reached 127miles per hour, uprooting trees and destroying homes. The poorest people will suffer the most damage with only basic wooden structures for houses.

Infrastructures have experienced severe destruction leaving people without water, electricity, communication and essential services.

The region is expecting further heavy rain following the storm which will further devastate crops and homes.

The storm will have an overwhelming effect on people’s livelihoods, particularly as many families rely on agriculture and traditional industries to make a living and feed their families.

We work with millions of people affected by leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, TB and other diseases in these regions and are working to ensure that all of them are safe and are able to recover quickly.

We are particularly concerned about the people we work with who are disabled by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis as they lack mobility and have more difficulty during evacuation and also recovery.

We are a member of the Inter-Agency Group for Disaster Risk Management in Odisha and Bihar making us part of the joint relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and local agencies to address the needs of the people we work with when disasters affect them.