Kodunellitheru a village in Thalainayar, Nagapattinam has about 60 families. Most of the thatched houses have been destroyed by the cyclonic winds. People are currently living in relief camps at a nearby school. Some houses stand there without roofs and walls. With many infants and old age people their health is also a serious concern.
“With our livelihood and economy destroyed we have gone back 30 years in development” said Pappasamy a resident of the village. “My books and bags all have been taken away” a young student from the Kodunellitheru village.
Vellapallam another village with 95 families and nearly 200 people has also been destroyed vastly. “The main livelihood of the people are the coconut and mango trees with them destroyed our future is a big question mark. Our houses have been destroyed to bricks and are all mud now” grieved Kanakarajan a resident.
Most of the people are still recovering from the shock of the stormy night.
“I held my two grandchildren in both the hands and ran to a nearby house. The water was already up to the foot level and we rushed to a nearby terrace house. The water started rushing into the terrace house as well but we had nowhere else to go. The very next day we woke up and saw our thatched house grounded by the nearby trees”.
“The door couldn’t hold the winds anymore and I was supporting the door with my three-year old daughter nearby. My legs went numb and stood there for 2 hours. I woke up next morning and everything was gone. I stood there crying at what had happened to the place”
Naaluvedapathi , Kallimedu, Pallankallimedu are among villages in the interior regions along the coast that need immediate attention. The roads to the villages and wooden bridges connecting nearby villages have not been cleared completely and the people are literally left stranded at their own villages.
Considering these are the interior villages most of the relief vehicles take some time to reach the places. The supplies available at relief camps are also not sufficient and people are struggling for their share. The people of the village expressed their concerns about returning back to their homes the possibility of which is an uphill task. The people are in real need of help in order to reconstruct their houses. Most of the families are agricultural families and their livelihood has been affected which will only make it difficult for them to fund the construction.
Bharathi Women Development Centre has been involved in people welfare activities since its establishment in 1987. We would like to seek your financial help in helping the people reconstruct their houses. We intend to help the marginalised section if people who need mend their thatched houses with tarpaulins.
A tarpaulin costs INR 1200 and we are targeting to help about 2000 families in the region. We are hoping to raise about INR 24,00,000.
It would be really grateful if you could contribute towards the cause helping affected people return back to their home.
Account Name: Bharathi Women Development Centre
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