Orissa, India Cyclone Relief Efforts
November 5, 1999
A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical team arrived in the state of Orissa, India, on Sunday, October 31, immediately following a severe cyclone that made landfall on Friday, October 29. Winds reaching up to 188 miles per hour and torrential rains followed by a tidal surge that reached as high as 33 feet pummeled the entire coastal region. The MSF team reported heavy damage to homes and other structures and a need for basic essentials, including food, clean drinking water, shelter material, and medicines. MSF is dispatching a cargo plane carrying 30 metric tons of relief supplies to Bhubaneshwar, the capital of the state of Orissa. The cargo consists of medicines, water tanks, water purification materials, plastic tarpaulins, tents, and an inflatable boat. Four additional aid workers will also be on board to reinforce the team of five presently working in Orissa. The team leaving this weekend will concentrate on the cyclone victims in the coastal district of Kendrapara, to the east of Cuttack. In addition to the provision of primary health care, the team will be concerned with the prevention and treatment of various types of diarrhea and, if necessary, cholera.