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    Posted October 13, 2013 by
    Bhubaneswar, India
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Severe weather

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    Cyclone Phailin causes severe damage to slums in Bhubaneswar


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Golden Niak, a Project Manager in Bhubaneswar, India, and member of WorldVision1 photographed some of the local damage that resulted in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin. He says that the slum areas were the hardest hit by the storm. After the storm passed, he explained that people living in those slum areas rushed back to their homes to see what remained. 'They were all in panic and afraid to see what might have become of their homes. Many thatched roofs had been blown away. Walls of some houses had fallen. Some houses had been completely destroyed because trees had fallen on them,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    These photos come from Golden Naik, who works with World Vision in Bhubaneswar, one of the areas hit by Cyclone Phailin. As you can see, the storm uprooted trees and destroyed houses. Luckily nearly all of the residents evacuated and were staying in shelters during the storm.


    Naik and his staff were working hard ahead of the storm to prepare communities in training on what to do before a disaster strikes. Staff have been alerting communities and providing megaphones, life jackets, torch lights and ropes to the Community Task Force. The Community Task Force consists of men, women and youth from within the community who are trained in disaster preparedness including search and rescue, basic first aid and protecting livestock.


    Now, after the storm, World Vision is already assisting in the shelters supplying food and water. Emergency response teams are headed to the more remote coastal areas to assess damage there and make a plan on how to help in coordination with the government and other aid organizations.

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