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Relief and Rehabilitation funds for Tamil Nadu flood victims
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    Aravindan Anna


Tamil Nadu has been hit by the worst floods due to the heaviest rainfall in over a century, driving thousands out of their homes, paralysing airports and factories.. a crisis worse than the 2004 Tsunami. 

Thanks to the social media connect, the media coverage (although limited), thousands of volunteers, NGOs and NRDF rescue missions, Chennai is slowly limping its way back. The worst is hopefully behind us.

The city of Chennai is strong, but reaching normalcy will take over a month. The task of rehabilitation will be mammoth.

The worst affected, however, is Cuddalore, which has the highest reported deaths due to the floods. Sadly, Cuddalore has received very limited media attention and aid. Lack of power supply, limited access to social media, poor network connectivity, fewer active NGOs etc have kept relief measures very limited.

The fund-raising program aims to close the gaps in immediate relief in the districts of Cuddalore, Kancheepuram and then provide rehabilitation support to people in all the affected areas including Chennai.

What we plan to do with the funds..

1. Immediate Relief:
Our friends are working in tandem with NGOs and government machinery to coordinate relief measures in these regions. Having been on the field for the past few days, they have identified the villages in Cuddalore that are yet to receive basic relief and also the changing requirements in these areas. These are small, disconnected villages in the areas Kurinjipadi, Panruti, Bhuvanagiri, Keerapalyam, Kattumannarkoil and Kumartchi.  Funds would be used to purchase relief items like food, blankets, mosquito nets, personal hygiene etc. and also to contribute to NGOs involved in such relief measures.  

2. Medical Supplies
Stangant waters pose the threat if waterborne diseases. The funds would be used to procure medical supplies to relief/medical camps.

3. Rehabilitation:
Water has started receding in some of the affected coastal areas like the capital Chennai, and people are fighting their way back to normalcy. Rehabilitation will be a slow, tough process which needs highest levels of support. While people are safer now, the damages to houses/vehicles etc will have long term financial implications on their livelihood. A lot of households will have to begin purchasing from scratch.

In the massive task of rehabilitation, we will do our tiny bit by:
- Procuring books and stationeries for school kids as schools reopen
- Procuring kerosene stoves for village households 
- Contributing to an orphanage/old-age home which needs to rebuild their beddings, supplies etc. We have identified one such orphanage in Chennai. Will identify more based on funds collected.

Milaap has agreed to waive off their fees for TN flood relief. So the entire amount you contribute will reach people in distress.

How Else Can You Help?

If you want to donate relief materials in kind, please use the open platform to coordinate your donations.

Another way of contributing to the cause is finding suppliers who can give key relief materials at cost price/discounts. We have saved a lot on such spends because of kind-hearted distributors/manufacturers. For eg, we have identified an air-cargo company in Navi Mumbai willing to transport relief materials to Chennai for FREE!

Give us leads for such suppliers, preferably in and around Tamil Nadu, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Reach Us

Aravindan Anna on +91 7718858601+91 7718858601 or on

Balaji Subramaniam on +918451900852+918451900852 or on
Kirubanithi Lakshmi on +919940539925+919940539925 or on

As individuals, we are too small to impact everyone's lives, but our collective efforts will impact atleast a few lives in a big way.

Please contribute as much as you can.


We'll keep you updated about how the funds are utilized. All the organizations that we're trying to partner with this initiative are credible with a large network of supporters. This way we can track the impact of your contributions and can also keep you posted on the same

Supporters in India can now request for a cheque pickup. Our representative will pick it up from your mailing address.

>Submit your request for cheque pickup here-:

Please note: Cheque pickup facility is currently available only for donors in the following cities in India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Surat.

Kindly mention the campaign name as 'Tamilnadufloodrelief' in the cheque pick-up form.


1. How is the fund split across various regions
Volunteers on the ground, in tandem with panchayat members, have done a great job of coordinating all the relief supplies sent from different parts of the country over the last few days. We will send aid to unaided and under-aided regions in the district of Cuddalore. Post relief, we wil extend rehabilitation support to under-aided areas in both Chennai and Cuddalore.

2. Would I be eligible for exemption under 80G
For NGOs which provides the 80G form we will be able to get you the exemption. Please leave your email-id details and we should be able to mail you the exemption form.

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