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Relief for the Super Cyclone flood victims in
Coastal Andhra Pradesh, India:

Andhra Pradesh, India is exposed to cyclones, storm surges, floods and droughts. In the cyclone hazard map, all the 9 coastal districts fall under the category of “very high damage risk zone”.

Severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, with wind speeds of 170-200 kmph, crossed on India's eastern coast in Visakhapatnam earlier this month, triggering heavy rains that battered Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts. East Godavari district is also partially affected. Devastating Cyclone Hudhud caused damage worth thousands of crores in the port city and other storm-hit areas of the coast. The damage assessment is underway by government officials. According to some media reports, total losses may cross Rs. one lakh crores (100,00,00,000). It is estimated that about 300,000 people have been affected due to the cyclone.

Following are the major losses reported so far:
  • 21 people lost lives. The loss of life has been reduced due to preventive action taken by the government by evacuating more than 300,000 people to safer places.
  • 44 Mandals (Blocks) have been severely affected.
  • Thousands of children are left without food, water and milk.
  • Property damage has been extensive and it would take some time to arrive at the estimates.
  • All types of crops have been completely washed out in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. The extent of damage needs to be assessed.
  • 7,000 houses have been raged to the ground.
  • Extensive damage to roads, railway lines and power distribution lines.
  • Thousands of Kutcha (weak) houses / huts have been completely damaged or collapsed.
  • Electricity generation has been affected in most of the power generation units. More than 40,000 electric poles have fallen

The Situation of Children:

In many ways children are the worst affected in calamities of this kind. Many have lost parents and siblings, others have suffered serious injuries. Most have been traumatized by the suffering around them.

Non-existent/damaged homes and schools and the loss of their parents’ livelihoods leave them uncertain and anxious about the future. The scale of the disaster itself has made them fearful and wary. Many are now vulnerable to being driven into child labor, trafficking, abuse and other forms of exploitation.

CRY America’s AP Flood Relief Grant through CRY India & Project SNEHA:

CRY America will route this AP Flood Relief Grant through CRY India and Project SNEHA to ensure that the funds are properly disbursed and it reaches those for whom it is intended.

Project Sneha, Vizianagaram District (Pusapatirega Block) covers 12,361 families in 50 villages. There are 13 fishing community villages out of 50 villages being covered. This Project working in Coastal Andhra, is in one of the worst affected areas.

Children covered (age-group-wise)

Total 0-18 years children
15-18 years children
6-14 years children
2-5 years children
0-1 year children
18564 516282644547591

Status of Affected Children:

  • 5,138 children in the age group of 0-5 are affected as Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) that provides daily meals and care for the children are not available.
  • Another 13,426 children in the age group of 6-18 are affected as schools are not functioning and there is no mid-day meals.
  • 3,200 children have lost their school text books, note books, school bags and uniforms in the floods. This happened due to damage to the semi-permanent houses / huts they live in.
  • About 250 houses are completely damaged.
  • Livelihoods are lost as crops are completely wiped out. Fishing communities have faced even more damage, with 120 big boats being lost. This community will now have to migrate to find work.

Proposed Intervention:

Our primary focus will be children, in the areas of education, health and trauma in particular. In addition, we will exert the utmost care to ensure that our interventions reach out to those communities who have been bypassed by the outpouring of aid.

From Children’s point of view, Projects would advocate for bringing back the normalcy quickly in the villages. It would emphasize on the need for restoring the schools, ICDS centres, health centres and for ensuring supply of safe drinking water, supply of essential requirements through the Public Distribution System, etc.

From the point of view of livelihood of families, Projects would advocate for release of compensation for crop loss, boats loss and damages to houses. It would also advocate for immediate creation of local livelihood sources for people as otherwise the migration would increase. Main focus of the advocacy agenda will be on protection of children from trafficking and other vulnerabilities.

Trauma Care – Children’s Collectives:

It is proposed to have a daily engagement with children for the next one month. The affected areas have a history of child trafficking, these daily activities with children will help keep them occupied and would enable the Project to monitor children.

Children are unable to sleep in the nights, cowering with fear and trauma counseling is a critical aspect of their rehabilitation. It is also proposed to engage the services of a professional Counselor for a month and let him/her visit all the villages.

Each Community Organizer would visit villages on a daily basis and have meetings/activities with children. These meetings with children would happen across all 50 villages of the Sneha operational area with a focus on the 13 fishing community villages.

Relief to children:

Once the Schools start to function, it is critical to get the children back in schools. As many children have lost their school supplies, it is proposed to provide them with a kit containing biscuits, note books, text books, stationery items and school bags. Kits for girl children will include sanitary towels. This would also ensure that children stay back in the villages.

CRY America’s AP Flood Relief Grant: 2014 Budget Approval:

Cost in $
Budget Item
Notebooks + Stationery for 3,200 Distribution of school
children x $3 per childsupplies to children
Schoolbags for 3,200 children x $3.40 per childDistribution of school bags to children
Transportation/travel/stay/stationery/ reporting & documentation etc Other Costs
15,000Total in USD

CRY’s Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • There will be regular visits by CRY’s Development Support team to Project SNEHA and the affected project areas, for a detailed review of the programs in the targeted disaster affected areas. Meetings with team members including the Project Holder will be held to review interventions, challenges and strategizing further advocacy processes.
  • The organization will keep records of distribution of relief materials and list of beneficiaries as part of transparency and accountability.
  • Documentation of the program along with photographs of the programs and distribution of materials will be ensured.
  • Proper financial review of the program will be carried out to ensure optimum utilization of resources and maintain transparency and financial accountability.