World Vison is warning that millions of children are at risk from cyclone Fani which has slammed into India’s eastern coastline, bringing torrential rains and winds of up to 200 km per hour.
Thousands of people from areas along the coastline in India have been evacuated.
Cyclone Fani is the first severe, cyclonic storm to have formed in April in India’s oceanic neighborhood since 1976, according to the India Meteorological Department.
World Vision is closely coordinating with other INGOs and government authorities in Bangladesh and India, and is strategically positioned in the areas in path of Cyclone Fani to be able to mobilize quickly.
Meimei Leung, Regional Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director for Asia Pacific at World Vision, says:
“This is the world’s most disaster-prone region, and millions of children are at risk. That’s why we believe disaster preparedness and climate change awareness are so important in building local and national-level resilience to mitigate the risks of future disasters.
“World Vision invests in building community resilience and the resilience of children to cope with disasters. A prepared community makes for a resilient community. World Vision, in India and Bangladesh, is geared to take action, focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable communities, especially children.”
World Vision International
World Vision International is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by Christian values, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. World Vision has 50,000 dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers and serves 100 million people in World Vision supported communities.
To read more news on Disaster Relief on Missions Box, go here.