World Society for the Protection of Animals

Cyclone Phailin: disaster relief for animals and communities in Odisha state, India


Cyclone Phailin, a Category 5 cyclone, has hit the eastern coastline of India, with Odisha state particularly at risk. At one thousand miles long, it poses a huge threat to animals and the communities that care for them.

As the first animal charity to form a successful partnership with the Indian government’s National Disaster Management Authority, we are ready to react with effective relief measures.

What we’re doing

Our disaster relief team are preparing for deployment in Odisha state to support animals and their communities affected by Cyclone Phailin. Animals such as cattle, buffalo, goats and community dogs in the tens of thousands are expected to be impacted by the cyclone.


There is concern that as human populations evacuate, animals are likely to be left behind without adequate resources and support. In particular, the team is concerned about inadequate veterinary access and infrastructure, the destruction of crops, access to clean water and much-needed shelter. These will be our immediate priorities as we work towards supporting at-risk animals and the communities in which they live.


Disaster Management Communications Manager, Scott Cantin, will be updating our Animals in Disasters blog with regular posts to keep you as informed as possible. Read the latest update now.

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