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Tamilnadu Flood Relief Updates - Dec 12, 2015
Relief Summary till date:
Materials distributed through trucks to the flood affected areas in Chennai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram
 & Thiruvallur districts
  • 138 trucks with relief materials sent
  • 46 villages, 44 slums areas covered across 10 clusters
  • 78,500 people benefitted from the relief initiative
  • 1,150 volunteers actively involved in relief work
  • 13,500 cooked food packets delivered
  • 22,000 kg of raw rice distributed
  • 23,000 litres of drinking water distributed
  • 10,500 blankets distributed
  • 26,000 sanitary pads distributed
  • 9,500 mats distributed
  • 61,000 clothes for all age and gender distributed

Focus Clusters: 1) KK Nagar - Jafferkhanpet 2) Kotturpuram - Ganeshapuram 3) Vyasarpadi - Manali 4) Velachery - Taramani 5) Mudichur - Anakaputhur 6) Tiruporur - Chengelpet 7) Minjur - Ponneri 8) Tiruttani - Tiruvalangadu 9) Cuddalore - Bhuvanagiri 10) Kalpakkam - Anaicut

Case Study

Velachery - Taramani Cluster

Injambakkam on the ECR is in close proximity to the Adyar canal. It was instantaneously flooded once the gates of Chembarabakkam Lake were thrown open. The ground floor was submerged for 2 days till the water began receding slowly. Wading through shoulder deep water, volunteers from AID INDIA had to carry the relief materials on their heads to reach to 300 families here.

Mr. Sudhakar who overlooked the operations there recalls, “I personally saw children drying up their notebooks which had been drenched in the floods. They have lost all their belongings. People who had money were not able to access them as ATMs were out of power or flooded. Residents had to ask for money from whoever could help them”. The families were provided with immediate relief materials like food, water, blankets, mosquito coils and sanitary napkins. They want rations and school books as schools are due to open in a week.

Key Highlights

1) AID INDIA state team comprising Padmini, Samu and core volunteers Selva K and Shyam had done an extensive survey on the damage caused by the recent flood across 5 villages in Kalpakkam-Anaicut cluster along with AID INDIA’s Kalpakkam field team coordinated by Anbazhagi.

2) Gajarajan, an EBT from Tiruvallur Pallipattu block, has taken special initiative along with Eureka tutors around Athimancheripet block to collect relief materials such as dhotis, lungis, sarees, towel, blankets and bed sheets in large quantities for flood victims from ten villages. The entire team visited AID INDIA’s Royapettah office and handed over the same to Dr. Balaji Sampath. It was an excellent gesture from those village volunteers to contribute their little time for the flood affected victims.

AID INDIA has been constantly engaging with various villages and hamlets in the Cuddalore district. There is a large pool of local volunteers who have been consistently doing grass roots work in education as part of the Eureka team.

Cuddalore district has been one of the worst affected areas during the recent deluge. 140 Panchayat have been declared to be most affected. Considering that the affected region is predominantly agrarian, getting them back is going to be major challenge. This should give an idea of the magnitude of work that is required to be done.

AID INDIA volunteers are not only leveraging their grass roots work but also working in sync with both Government and local universities in the district. The nodal officer of the TN Government has been very helpful by providing physical security for movement of relief material and distribution. Annamalai University has been kind enough to support us by allowing the use of its premises as a staging area of the relief materials. Students of Annamalai University have also actively volunteered in logistics activities.

The pain and purpose of all the efforts involved in sourcing of relief materials to arranging logistics till delivery is obliterated by the sheer look on the face of the affected people while receiving the relief. The quest now is to look long term and rehabilitation, which AID INDIA and its volunteers will be working on.

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