Penetrating rehabilitation effort in many villages is proving to be challenging as villagers are blocking road access to subsequent communities as their needs are not yet fully met. Hence relief effort is happening by breaching few villages at a time before moving on the isolated pockets.
Most of the people in these villages are living in thatched-roof huts in remote places. The cyclone has severely damaged thatched roof exposing people to further monsoon rain and wind. Tarpaulin sheets will enable families to protect themselves from further rain and wind. OMCAR is planning to distribute 10,000 tarpaulin sheets.
For families who have lost food supply, OMCAR had supplied 5600 servings (800 servings X 7 days) including food served both in its field centre as well as packed food provided to villages. OMCAR is planning to distribute over 5000 KG of rice and other groceries to keep them going for another week or two. The cyclone has cut off electricity supply to many of these places. Restoring the poles and the electric line will take several weeks. OMCAR is operating a generator to supply drinking water for the people stayed at our centre and enabling operation of other local generators to pump groundwater. These places serve as temporary water distribution centres and mobile phone charging stations to connect to near and dear. OMCAR needs 10 litres of diesel/day to run the generator every day to keep its community centre going for the next few weeks. OMCAR also need support in organising logistics to carry the relief materials to interior villages.
OMCAR Foundation (Organization for Marine Conservation, Awareness and Research) is a not for profit NGO founded by marine biologist Dr.Vedharajan Balaji. He has undertaken various marine ecosystem awareness campaigns (solo 1200 km bike rally in 2002 & 600 km Sea Kayaking in 2006) reaching out to schools in the fishing hamlets of coastal Tamil Nadu. OMCAR Palk Bay Conservation Centre was established in 2011 with a particular focus on preserving dugongs and its habitat in Palk Bay. Palk Bay Center works as a community-based conservation program with a commitment for serving conservation of Palk Bay and sustainable livelihood for the local community.
OMCAR Track record / Accolades:
- IUCN-CEC Young Professional Award in 2012 at World Conservation Congress.
- Tamil Nadu State Government Environment Award in 2014.
- India Geospatial Excellence Award in 2015 for using participatory GIS to grow community-based coastal forests in Palk Bay.
- Member of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the national committee of IUCN-India formed by Government of India.
Why contribute to OMCAR?
OMCAR by engaging with communities at a grassroots level for more than a decade has an accurate assessment of the locations wise immediate needs and are best placed to help relief reach the neediest.