My village Pushpavanam located in Vedaranyam Taluk from Nagapattinam District is one among many villages has been destroyed by the cyclone.
Thousands of trees were felled by winds that destroyed homes and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee to shelters. The one hour wind has uprooted almost all the coconut trees, banana trees, cashew trees and mango trees that my family and my neighbours had planted and grown in the last few decades and they are now left with a shattered future threatening to wither away.
Disasters and their adverse impacts set societies back by decades and leave them vulnerable to physical, social and economic hardships. This may inhibit large sections of the affected society to come back even to the base level let alone develop at par with the rest of the nation.
The consequences are, of-course the most obvious and immediate, loss of animals such as cow and goat, property and infrastructure. The longer term and difficult outcome increased vulnerability to elements, loss of livelihoods, increased poverty, economic recession, malnutrition, leading to out-migration from villages, enhanced social disparities and strife.
The process of reconstruction involves partial or complete relocation and rebuilding the essential physical infrastructure and shelter (house) so that vulnerability levels are reduced and families can get back to their feet. Reconstruction therefore paves the way for long term rehabilitation.
Re-establishing people’s lives through rehabilitation efforts involves supplies,
2) Milk / Milk Powder
3) Water Bottle
7) Bed Sheets
8) Clothes (Women, Men and Children)
9) Mosquito coils
10) Medicine Kit
11) Equipments to cut and remove the debris of trees and other mess created by Water logging
13) Torch Lights with Batteries
15) Sanitary Napkins
I am running this campaign to help the families that are affected and bring back my village to usual state.
The estimated cost of repairing farm equipment, construction of damaged houses for the workers in the farm, buying seeds for the fields that are destroyed will approximate to another 380000 INR at the least in my surroundings.
Many volunteer groups under me have also stepped on to the ground to pitch in with relief materials which are being sent and distributed to the people in the affected regions.
While this money will not compensate entirely for all that they have lost, this will at least help them get started and most of all lead them to believe in the goodness of the world!
Chennai Flood (2015) – We, a team of Volunteers stepped up to engage in relief efforts after the torrential Chennai rains disrupted normal life.
"கடற்கரை ஓரம் காற்று வாங்கிய தென்னை மரமெல்லாம் இன்று என் காலுக்கு கீழே கிடக்கின்றது. குழந்தையென பார்த்த மரமெல்லாம் இன்று குழிக்குள்ளே கிடக்கின்றது. இயற்கையைநம்பி வளர்ந்த நாங்கள் இனி எங்கே செல்வோம்".
“The coconut trees usually swayed at the seashore had fallen down at our feet today. The tender trees treated as our own children are ditched by the disaster. Where can we find ourselves back from the battle between mankind and nature. After all we are depending on our Mother Nature and agriculture”.