Cyclone Hudhud: US to contribute $100,000 for relief efforts

New Delhi, Oct 29: As the Cyclone Hudhud left a tale of devastation in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the US on Tuesday announced to contribute $100,000 to carry out relief efforts.

As per a press release, Chargé d'Affaires Ambassador Kathleen Stephens extended her deepest sympathies on behalf of the American people to the people of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha who have been affected by recent Cyclone Hudhud, especially the dozens of families who have lost their loved ones.

Ambassador Stephens, in coordination with central and state authorities, announced that the United States will provide $100,000 to Plan India through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist those affected by the disaster.

"The United States is committed to working with our partners to help those affected by the cyclone," CDA Ambassador Stephens said.

Plan India will use these funds to provide emergency relief, including temporary shelter and non-food relief supplies, to thousands of families in remote villages severely affected by the cyclone. 

USAID, which works in both disaster preparedness and response, is working in partnership with Government of India, the private sector, and international organizations to promote disaster resilience through increased investment in disaster risk reduction activities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced Rs 1,000 crore assistance during his visit to Visakhapatnam after the cyclone.

Cyclone Hudhud claimed at least 46 lives and the highest number of deaths were reported from the worst-hit Visakhapatnam district.

More than 1.35 lakh people were provided shelter in relief camps and about seven lakh people were offered food at the relief camps.

Food grain production loss has been estimated at 22,14,000 tonne, while horticultural production loss has been estimated at another 6.89 lakh tonne.

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