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During Nov-Dec, 2015, the Coromandel Coast of South India, spanning Puduchchery, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, received incessant heavy rain fall during the annual northeast monsoon. Tamil Nadu experienced the worst floods in a century, with 60% of its capital city Chennai submerged. An estimated 20 million people are affected, 2,500 villages waterlogged and more than 300 lives lost. Without resorting to any international first responder help more than 1.1 million people were rescued by 4,000 local volunteers from Sewa and its partner organizations – Seva Bharathi Tamil Nadu, and ABVP Tamil Nadu, among others. Total losses are estimated at $3 billion, of which $1 billion is in Chennai alone.

Rescue Operations

00103More than 4,00104000 volunteers from Sewa International and its partner organizations swung into action immediately for rescue operations in many parts of rain flooded Chennai as well as other affected regions of  Tamil Nadu. Of the rescues, notable is His Holiness Vidyatma Theertha Swami Ji who was stranded in Anakaputhur with his disciples. Hundreds of tons of supplies – food, water, rice, utensils, mosquito nets/coils, cleaning  supplies (phenol, buckets, mugs, brushes, bleaching powder) – have been delivered  from neighboring states of Andhra and  Karnataka by our volunteers to Cuddalore, Chidambaram, and Chennai,

00105Sewa International has formed different teams and working in different areas to assist various people who need help on ground. Based on a tweet, our volunteer, of rescue team Ratnesh Mishra of Phoenix, AZ alerted our volunteers in Chennai about a woman in labor pains. The lady got timely help from Sewa volunteers on the ground. She delivered twins. We are happy to report the mother and child are in good health.

 

 

 


Relief Operations

Relief materials from other cities were transported to Chennai and were distributed at Thiruneermalai, Maduravoyal, TB Hospital, Tambaram, and Chromepet. Volunteers prepared food packets and distributed to Choolaipalam, Dr. Kanu Nagar, Chetpet, and Mylapore areas. For instance, over 1700 food packets, 100 biscuit packets and 400 water packets have been distributed in one day, just in one area.

re06Many people are wearing same clothes for the  last five days and have lost everything in their  house such as groceries, bedding, furniture,  clothes, personal items and school supplies. Hundreds of volunteers are cooking food, collecting & buying materials and sorting it out, making packets and distributing truck loads of materials for the needy. At the Hanuman Temple, Mambalam, Ashok Nagar, the team is  feeding 2,000 people twice a day, for instance.  This is humanity at it’s best! Not only humans but cattle are also being fed.


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 Medical Relief

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medical03With the intermingling of sewer waste with the flood water, water borne diseases and virulent fevers have begun to affect the most vulnerable – the very young and the very old. Lack of potable drinking water is straining the system. A 50 strong team of 50 doctors, 12 medical & pharmacy students from various parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have poured into Chennai to offer their help. A total of 10 teams were formed and they went around to conduct 40 camps in various parts of Chennai. About 100,000 affected people were examined and required help was extended. The doctors spoke at length about general hygiene to be practiced and also recommended the use the Auyrvedic Maha Sudarshana tablet to help boost immunity levels.

 

 

 

 


Donations For Tamil Nadu Relief

For Indian Donations

For Online Donations : http://sewainternational.org/donation/

Payment by Direct Bank Transfer

Account Name: Sewa International

Account No. : 10080533304

Branch : Jhandewala Extn Branch(Delhi)

Bank Name: State Bank of India

Branch Code: 9371

Swift Code: SBININBB550

IFS Code: SBIN0009371

For Foreign Donations

Payment by Direct Bank Transfer

Account Name: Sewa International

Account No.: 10080533326

Branch: Jhandewala Extn Branch(Delhi)

Bank Name: State Bank of India

Branch Code: 9371

Swift Code: SBININBB550

IFS Code: SBIN0009371

Payment by Cheque/Draft

You may make donation by your personal cheque payable to “Sewa International” and mail it to:

Sewa International
49, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg,
New Delhi -110002, India

 

  • Donations to Sewa International are exempted under IT 80G Exemption No. – DIT (E) 2008-2009/S-2184/1637
  • Sewa International is registered under Ministry of Home Affairs for Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) No. – 231660106