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TSUNAMI SURVIVORS TURN FLOOD SURVIVORS


‘I would like to appreciate you for your service rendered to the flood victims …..in the affected villages of Chinnakaramedu, Periyaramedu and Vellainanal villages.'

(Mr. V. Arun Roy, Sub-Collector Chidambaram appreciates the prompt prompt response of KHW-India in the Novemver 2005 Tamilnadu floods.)

Even as the tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction works were on, Tamilnadu state received 291.66 mm rainfall in October, against the normal 187.10 mm. Several villages marooned in the delta districts owing to the discharge of surplus water into the Cauvery system. As per reports 89,653 hectares are likely to have suffered either total damage or yield loss of more than 50%. In Cuddalore district 150,000 huts were either fully or partially destroyed. Over 400 villages were affected; 183 marooned. To add to the flood misery threat cyclone ‘Fanoos' caused sleepless nights in the district of Chennai, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Puddukotai districts. From October 1, 2005 to December 5, 2005 the southern state recorded 68 cm rain. For the first time in eight years Tamilnadu registered excess rainfall.

‘I would like to appreciate you for your service rendered to the flood victims …..in the affected villages of Chinnakaramedu, Periyaramedu and Vellainanal villages.'

Mr. V. Arun Roy, Sub-Collector Chidambaram

The rains claimed a number of lives. More than 20,000 km of the road were damaged in the state. Over 3000 irrigation tanks and 1500 river banks and channels were breached.

KHW responded by providing immediate relief by starting community kitchens in the flooded areas of Cuddalore and Nagapattinam. The villages Sinakaramedu and Periyakaramedu in Cuddalore are on the banks of a river. Vellaimanal is an island village situated in the Kollidam Uppanar estuary in the Nagappattinam district.

All three villages are very remote and inaccessible. KHW had surveyed them as they were affected by the tsunami but no significant relief efforts were made there neither by the state nor by the other players.

Floods made the situation very desperate to the already suffering population. KHW could not remain a mute spectator to the emerging disaster and so it responded immediately to requests from community, NGOs and government by setting up community kitchens for the three villages for 2 weeks where 1493 people were fed three meals a day.

Consumer Council of Tamilnadu and a medical team from Annamalai University , Chidambaram provided medical care.

Advocate Ramakrishnan, the president Consumer Council and members supported the community kitchen intervention. Human Mirror Trust (HMT) local NGO provided strategic partnership.

 

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