Tamilnadu Tsunami Relief Initiative - a voluntary civil society network
Update #5 | 29th Dec 2004, 18:00 hrs

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1. Relief Material facilitation Today
2. Nagapattinam NGO network
3. Immediate Needs for Tomorrow 30th Dec 2004
4. Volunteers - Coordination and Contact
5. Volunteers - so far

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RELIEF EFFORTS TODAY

1. A fleet of vehicles have been made available by the Murugappa group for the ground team at Nagapattinam. These vehicles (about 4 in all for now) were already in the vicinity with relief materials, they will be used by our team to move materials and volunteers

2. A team of doctors will (about 5 with volunteers to help them) are willing to leave Chennai tomorrow (thursday) and work on the field till sunday. Another doctor couple from Hyderabad may be in Chennai this evening, they have volunteered for 3 days starting tonight.

3. Sri. Lakshmanan has organised for one mini-truck to carry materials today from Chennai to Sirgazhi. Another mini-lorry for which he has raised support will leave for Nagapattinam later this evening. Both these trucks can be used for further material movement and / or local use. He is also trying to organise a vehicle to take volunteers from Madurai. He has earlier today reached a van for the movement of volunteers (for a few days) to Sirgazhi.

4. A team headed by Sri. Annamalai is busy sorting and re-packing relief material at the Gandhi Study Centre. Please reach the materials and contact there Mr. Krishnan, (m: 9381201944) who is volunteering for this work.

5. Relief materials: Smt. Sumitra Gautama of The School, has organised for relief material collected at Adyar and Basent Nagar sorted out and to be delivered at the GSC. Sri. Narayanan has organised for a cartons of water from Team to be delivered later this afternoon.

6. Venkatesh of CIOSA is trying to get hardware equipments - crowbars, spade, etc. organised. He is also following up on getting a few hundred stoves organised.

7. Krishna (9841051055) will be handling orientation for volunteers along with Mr. Krishnan.

8. WE NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS WITH VEHICLES TO MOVE MATERIALS WITHIN CHENNAI - PEOPLE WITH CARS AND RELIABLE DRIVERS ALSO WELCOME
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NGOs INVOLVED IN RELIEF WORK AT NAGAPATTINAM
The network, “tsunami relief and rejuvenation measures- Nagapattinam” includes:
1. Women Association for Rural Development (WARD)
2. Venkateshwara Trust
3. Gandhi Peace Foundation
4. Bharatha Matha family Welfare Society
5. SEED
6. KRDS
7. NAMCO
8. Peace Foundation
9. Sevalaya
10. FEDCOT
11. Avvai village welfare society
12. TNVHA
13. Bharathi Women Development Centre
Bharathi Women Development Centre is the nodal agency for the relief work. It is a Voluntary Organisation working in Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur district of Tamilnadu for over two decades.

Suyam Trust from Chennai has sent its volunteers to Nagapattinam. They will touch base with the TNTRI team and plan joint work there.
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IMMEDIATE RELIEF NEEDS THAT HAS TO BE COLLECTED FOR TOMORROW, 30TH DEC 2004
1. Provisions - preferably packed for immediate use by a family
2. Toiletries - Toilet kit for a family (refer to our earlier update for a detailed list)
3. Kitchen kit - Vessels, water pots, stove and accessories
4. Temporary Shelter - Tarpaulin sheets, canvas tents, accessories
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VOLUNTEERS - COORDINATION AND CONTACT
- Volunteers who would like to help in sorting out relief materials and helping with the loading of trucks. Report to Sri. Krishnan (m: 9381201944) at the Gandhi Study Centre, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, Vekatnarayana Road. Krishna (m: 9841051055) who came back last night after visiting relief camps will provide orientation for volunteers.

VOLUNTEERS SO FAR
- We have volunteers from WCC (about 10?) thanks to Smt. Shanthi Krishna, they will be available from tomorrow
- A group of young chartered accountants have volunteered to work the evenings, thanks to Sri. Lakshmanan
- A group of students at the Thakkar Bapa Institute have been at the job of sorting out relief materials. There is also a group sorting out materials at KFI The School under Smt. Sumitra Gautama
- Sri. Bhuvan Pathak of SIDH, Mussoorie has arrived this evening and will proceed towards relief work with another team specialised in temporary shelter creation from Ahmedabad tomorrow.
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