By Taichung, Formosa (Taiwan) News Team (Originally in Chinese)
On the evening of October 12, 2013, Cyclone Phailin, the strongest cyclone to hit India in over a decade, reached the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Over one million people were evacuated for safety. The devastating cyclone caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the infrastructure and took the lives of 44 people. Deeply concerned about all those affected, Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$10,000 and requested our Association members provide assistance.
Our Association members from Taichung, Formosa arrived in the hardest hit state of Odisha within a few days, and divided into two teams. One team visited 12 affected villages and distributed relief supplies to 1,663 households. Another team went to four villages in a different area of the state and provided 1,610 servings of warm food to the displaced citizens. The team continued on to four more villages in Balasore District and distributed relief supplies and warm food to 550 affected households.
In total, about 3,000 food packs and 6,000 warm meals were distributed during the relief work due to the compassionate heart of Supreme Master Ching Hai.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her International Association
for Cyclone Phailin Relief Work in India
|Indian staple food (saltna, chuda, soya badi, Arha dal and rice), sugar, sunflower oil, sandwich cookies and candy||440,890||A|
|Supplies (plastic sheets, flashlights and batteries) and car rental||197,500||B|
|Total|| INR 638,390
Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation, food and accommodations.