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Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu Flood Relief & Rehabilitation Fund

Organized by: Prithvi Foundation

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THE STORY:

OVERVIEW The monsoon season this year has bought very heavy and persistent rains to the Tamil Nadu region of India. This has caused widespread flooding across the low-lying areas of Chennai and Cuddalore in particular. STATISTICS In November Chennai received over 1000 mm of rainfall, the highest November rainfall for 100 years. This disaster has caused around $1 billion dollars worth of property damage and has claimed 280 lives, a number which is still rising with over 1 million people in the region estimated to have been rescued during the flooding. NOW: WHAT WE ARE DOING We have decided to focus our efforts on 3 villages to begin the rescue, relief and rehabilitation project. These villages are in the Killai region, near Cuddalore and up to now have received no support. This is one of the worst affected areas where people's homes have been destroyed and supply lines for basic amenities cut off during the flooding. Working with local volunteers and the Prithvi foundation, an NGO run by Tamil people working in and around Pondicherry for a range of good causes. So far we have organised and coordinated the collection and distribution of basic aid materials donated through local networks. These have come mostly from Bangalore, Tirupur, Villupuram, Chennai, Auroville and Pondicherry University Volunteers. We have also used local contacts to secure free transport for the delivery of these materials and we carried out the distribution ourselves to ensure fair distribution. THE FUTURE: WHAT WE WANT TO DO The next steps for this project are: To provide the villages for their basic food needs until the government reaches these communities. It is difficult to predict exactly when this will be due to the logistical challenges but will most likely be weeks, not days. To provide other basic supplies, such as sleeping mats, blankets and cooking stoves. To begin the process of rebuilding people's homes and other important buildings in these communities. HOW WE WILL USE THE MONEY Using local networks we have so far managed to make a small amount of money go very far towards beginning to help these villages. So far the volunteers have used their own money to pay the cost of collecting and distributing materials. In the next step of this project we may not be able to acquire all the materials required by donation and we may also need to pay for skilled workers to direct the volunteers in the rebuilding of the villages. Using these local contacts to provide transport and materials and contacts in the construction industry to get discounted building materials and skilled labour means that we are able to make money stretch far and means that any donations, however small are able to help as many people as possible. Even a small amount of money can do a lot of good when you know the right people! Thank you for reading from all the volunteers and the Prithvi foundation.

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