Gaja Cyclone Relief Work Update - November 24, 2018
A few districts of Tamilnadu faced Gaja Cyclone damaging most of the places. While many of the storm - affected residents were sheltered in relief camps, some were trapped in their own houses and several people lost their homes. Aid India commenced relief work on the 19th of November, with the help of volunteers and distributed essential supplies in the worst affected areas of Tamilnadu.
Focus Areas of our relief work:
Nagapatinam, Tanjore, Trichy, Pudukottai, and Sivagangai districts of Tamil Nadu
Five Trucks of relief materials were sent from November 19th - 23rd.
2250 Family kits were distributed in the affected areas of Tamilnadu.
Items in Family kits : Bed sheets, Candles, Food Packets, Tarpaulins, Match Boxes, Water bottles, Milk Powder Packets, Sanitary Napkins, Bread packets, Oil Packets, Dal Packets, Rusk Packets, Tamarind Packets, Salt Packets, Sugar Packets
Kindly contribute in cash or kind to support the relief efforts.
Distribution Areas of our relief work:
Trichy - Valayampatti main, Valayampatti colony, Perumpatti, Pannapatti, Poigaipatti, Vadugapatti, Palakaruthampatti, Pannangkompu, Thulukkampatti, Kalapalayathanpatti, Periyakulathupatti,Mugavoor.
Tanjore - Peraavoorani - Mudakikadu, Kalaignar nagar, Orathanadu
Pattukottai – Abhiramapattinam
Sivagangai - Chettinad – Thethanpatti, Puduvayal - Kavulkollai, Kanadukathan - Muthappapark, Muthurajanagar, Vengavayal - Smoorani, Maramadakki, Karaikudi - Ariyalam, Paliyar
Nagapattinam – Velankkani, Kameswaram, Thalai Gnayiru.
Pudukottai - Indira Nagar, Bose Nagar, Rettaival.
Stories from the field :
ThalaiGyayiru is a village located in Nagapatinam district, There are 150 families and most of them are living in Kutcha houses. Since, the village is located in coastline, the cyclone hit was high and the houses are damaged and leaking. Ilakkiya, a mother of three, residing in Thalai Gnayiru village. She was living in kutcha house. When Gaja struck, her house was completely destroyed. Ilakkiya identified a nearby relief camp and stayed there with her children. Like Ilakkiya, many families in Thalai Gnayiru lost their houses and are staying in relief camps. The road leading to the village, is completely blocked by trees and uprooted electric poles. Aid India stepped in to access storm-affected interior villages of Tamilnadu. As she says, “We are given eatables and family kits by Aid India. We are hoping to get our normal life back soon"
Jayalakshmi lives in Mudichikadu village, Peraavoorani block, Tanjore district. As she says," We knew it was going to rain, but we never thought that this will cause a such a disaster in our lives. The Gaja cyclone completely destructed our only source of survival – our coconut farm. It was indeed shocking to see our lives change overnight. We don't have any idea on how to regain everything we have lost. We live in a small interior village in Tanjore. Aid India identified and connected with us, and distributed relief materials to our people. The gesture of Aid India gives us confidence and new hope to live after such a disaster. Even though we have lost everything, we extend our sincere thanks to Aid India for helping us out when in need".
A Big Thank You!
We thank volunteer students from St.Thomas College of Arts and Science and many individuals for helping us in collecting, sorting ,and distributing materials in the affected areas of Tamilnadu