Late last week, Cyclone Gaja ripped through south india, making a landfall with eaving an enormous trail of destruction in Thanjaur, Tiruvarur, Dindigul, Nagapattinam and Pudukkottai, amongst others – small towns across tamilnadu and kerela.
The numbers tell a part of the story. 250,000 people have been displaced. 50 dead. Loss of livestock is in the thousands. Loss to crop is inordinately large. Thousands of tiled roof houses have collapsed. Thatched roofs have been blown away altogether and only their remnants lie in the muddied puddles on the ground. The damage, by all accounts has been devastating and unprecedented.
Some areas are cut off and continue to be inaccessible where the scale of the damage is still being ascertained.
Those affected have lost both their homes and their livelihoods - boats, coconut trees, crops, live stock and fishing nets – rendering the cruel double whammy of not having a home to go to nor being able to make a living.
Like with all such cases, the route to rehabilitation is going to be long drawn and complex.
Both the tragedy and its scale have been under-reported in the national media. Some tragedies are worse than others, but all tragedies deserve attention and compassion.
Even as the challenges they are likely to have in rebuilding their lives mount, the daily fight for food, clothing and temporary shelter, the fight for dignity remains paramount.
At the moment things they can use and the things there isn’t enough of is primary relief. Bed sheets. Tarpaulins. Mosquito Mats. Sanitary Pads. Food.
Several individuals and organizations are doing what they can with pluck and verve and have made it their business to help those who find themselves at the receiving end of the fury of nature.
The idea is to help those who are helping as best as we can. When it is no one’s fault, it is everyone’s responsibility.
The objective is to mobilize relief to the tune of atleast INR 2,00,000. Time is of the essence have the funds in place by the end of this week.
If you feel called to make a monetary or in-kind contribution, please act now. We will be partnering with Chennai Volunteers and the last mile delivery will be taken care of by Bhoomika Foundation.
If you have a question, you can leave a comment or get in touch over the messenger.
On half a dozen occasions, I have raised funds on this platform thanks largely to friends and Samaritans that materialize as if out of thin air.