Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response
We extend our sympathies to the many people who have been impacted by Cyclone Phailin which made landfall in southeastern India on Saturday, October 12th, as a Category IV.
The Microsoft Disaster Response team continues to monitor the situation to assess how technology can help with relief efforts.
We appreciate the efforts of the many nonprofit organizations who are actively responding to Cyclone Phailin. For those who are in a position to offer support, we are maintaining a log of nonprofit organizations that are providing aid to those impacted.
To support disaster response efforts, donors are being asked to support humanitarian organizations that are operating in India. A Virtual Aid Drive has been set up for this purpose. The funds raised by the drive will help to procure items needed within India, and will help support the local economy and ensure that goods are delivered in the timeliest manner to people in need.
International relief organizations like Save the Children, CARE, Catholic Relief Services and Aidmatrix are working to procure items within India that are needed by displaced families, such as first aid kits, tents, food, mosquito nets, and more.
In-kind donations can only be made within India at this time. If you live within India, and wish to make an in-kind donation, an option is through the Aidmatrix NeedsFeed.
Other nonprofit organizations responding to Cyclone Phailin:
WorldVisionInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)Oxfam
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the people affected by Cyclone Phailin, and we will continue to provide support and information where we can.