Latest Report from Relief Volunteers (Orur Kuppam & Ennore)
As is evident now, the huts and belongings of the families residing in the coasts were washed away on Sunday. Psychological help and reconstructing their lives is a priority now. Volunteers visited the fishing hamlets and slums beyond Ennore and Orur Kuppam in the coast of Besant Nagar today. Casualties were minimum as they all fled to some shelters closeby. Drinking water and wash water is available scarcely. Milk for children is also scarce. Donors of clothes and material reach upto areas where cars can go and distribute food packets and clothes, in small amounts and more often it reaches persons who can access it. Aged persons and those unable to run and scramble for it, do not get it. Government help has come in as immediate relief Rs 2000/- per family. Food is also provided to all but it is difficult for many to wait in the queue and scramble for it. Survival of the fittest seems to be the slogan as far as the resources can reach.
This has led the vitims to stay in relatives’ homes and cook some food. Government has promised School notebooks and textbooks after the schools reopen. This seems to be the trend in all the places even in the city coastline. Volunteers & NGOs are arranging for 1000 sets of clothes for families and drinking water 2000 packets through Rotary Club of Madras East.
They intend to supply kits consisting of :
Sleeping mat –2
Bedsheets - 2
Plastic Water Kudams- 2
Cooking vessels –2
Plates – 2
Pumping Stove –1
Rice 10 kgs
Green Gram Dhal – 5 kgs
Notebooks and stationery items for children @ Rs 750
Rs 2000/- per kit
Things in Demand:
There is a severe short supply of these essential items in Chennai. Personnel to run around for locating the items is also difficult to find. Practically, there is a need to transport this material to remote places where cars cannot reach, so fuel, vehicles, and manpower needs to be taken into account.
Reconstructing their lives needs shelter and livelihood options. They are unwilling to move to a different location as their livelihood depends on the sea. All their children are studying in Govt High schools close by.
They believe help will come subsequently, but are unsure of their future. Any help coming in can be for these direct or indirect costs and expenses.
Long Term Support and assistance
Besides these, there are long term assistance such as building houses and strengthening Noon meal centre buildings to double up as shelters.
Each of it can cost Rs 100,000/-
Each fishing net costs about Rs 25000/-
Boats Rs 100,000/-
Assistance in any form can be sent to:
Their online account numbers are:
FCRA No: 075900796
S/B A/c No: 520300381
187, Anna Salai,
Chennai - 600 006