Tamilnadu Tsunami Relief Initiative - a voluntary civil society network
Update #4 | 29th Dec 2004, 02:00 hrs

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1. Field Report from Sathya of TTRI
2. Details of Nagapattinam Relief Work with organisations involved
3. Immediate Needs for Tomorrow 29th Dec 2004
4. Meeting in Gandhi Study Centre, Chennai

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FIELD REPORT
Report from Sathya.Tamilnadu Tsunami Relief Initiative
Report No.2, 28th Dec 2004, 23:00 hrs, Thiruvarur & Nagapattinam

Calamity Impact as perceived through interaction with NGOs at Nagapattinam:
a) The calamity has washed away many fishermen villages
b) The total causality number is increasing and some reports place the deaths at 10,000 in this district alone
c) The sea water has entered town of Velankanni, Nagaipattinam and Nagoor. Due to this the towns are evacuated and people moving to other towns nearby
d) Estimated victims in relief camps: about 1 lakh (comprising of 25000 families)
e) Mass burial of the dead bodies continues
f) The victims are accommodated in marriage halls, schools, temples, government buildings, etc.,

Death tolls: A lot of dead bodies have to be recovered from the coastal areas. As a result the death number may increase further, some people even place the number at 20,000. The official break up for the death toll is placed at 3000+ and the survey is being initiated.

Area Coverage: A network of NGOs has been formed with 13 NGOs located here and will be coordinating the efforts for the entire relief work in Nagapattinam District. About 73 relief camp sites have been identified to carry out work. This network almost covers all the camp sites.

Economical Devastation: Since its being the coastal area, the fishermen community is the most affected lot. The indicative figures are as follows
a) Roughly about 10000 boats / Kattumaram were destroyed or lost
b) Approximately 50000 fishing nets were damaged beyond repair and lost
c) Minimum of 30000 huts / houses were washed away or demolished
A detailed survey on economical devastation is being carried out.

Logistics: The medicines are being distributed through this NGO network and we are coordinating with many medical teams from different places. The medical team is visiting the 73 campsites on need bases.
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DETAILS OF THE ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED IN RELIEF WORK IN NAGAPATTINAM
The network, “tsunami relief and rejuvenation measures- Nagapattinam” includes (a complete detailed listing in the next updates):
1. Women Association for Rural Development (WARD)
2. Venkateshwara Trust
3. Gandhi Peace Foundation
4. Bharatha Matha family Welfare Society
NODAL AGENCY FOR RELIEF WORK-NAGPATINNAM: BHARATHI WOMEN DEVELOPMENT CENTRE.
CONTACT PERSON Ms. T.BHAVANI. 9443537846 | OFFICE 04366-244377
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IMMEDIATE RELIEF NEEDS THAT HAS TO BE COLLECTED FOR TOMORROW, 29TH DEC 2004 AT CHENNAI

Immediate Requirements list received from Nagaptinnam
a) Blankets
b) Towels
c) Lungis
d) Bedsheets
e) Food materials
f) Mats
g) Portable lamps
h) Medicine
i) Temp toiletries
j) Sarees
k) Children dress of all age categories
l) Some winter clothing
m) Slippers

VERY IMPORTANT AND URGENT -
A) Bleaching powder - 5 Tons
B) Phenol - 400 ltrs
c) Lime powder - 15 Tons

Volunteers:
3 Social workers- Professionals
15-20 volunteers who have some understanding of social work in community.
50-100 General volunteers for one week.

Logistics
3 trucks immediate to carry out relief materials / persons
1 jeep for the assessment and volunteer team to move around in nagapattinam Dt.
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CHENNAI MEETING
4. A coordination was held at the Gandhi Study Centre at the Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya at Venkatnarayana Road, T. Nagar. this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
1) RIM will depute all its 18 Samaj Shilpis from across Tamilnadu to Nagapattinam
2) Gandhi Study Centre in Chennai will act as the clearing house for relief materials, it has also created a new account and can receive money
3) Mr. Krishnan, a parent from The School along with his friends will manage getting the trucks despatched from Gandhi Study centre starting today (29th Dec 2004) for a week.
4) Students from Anna University will be available for voluntary work at Nagapattinam (since then they have all been deputed to Kanyakumari by their NSS)
5) Sri. Kannan, a RIM volunteer left to Nagapattinam to join Sathyamurthy and will help Sathya in assessment work
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