In November and December 2015, record breaking rainfall from the annual northeast monsoon season led to one of the worst flooding in the history of Tamil Nadu and the nearby coastal areas, with Chennai city, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvalu being the worst affected districts.
10 MILLION PEOPLE IMPACTED
Chennai and its suburbs were flooded by what has been referred to as the heaviest rains in over 100 years. With houses and roads submerged, flights and trains disrupted, power supply suspended in nearly 60% of Chennai’s locations, the state seemed to be cut off from the rest of the country as people awaited rescue.
WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE UNITED.
Being the closest to the disaster locations, United Way Chennai and United Way Bengaluru played a pivotal role in collecting and distributing immediate relief materials (tarpaulins, blankets, mats and bedsheets, water bottles, food, sanitary pads, and hygiene kits) to distressed communities in Cuddalore, Pondicherry and Thiruvallur.
United Way Chennai also helped organized cleaning drives as part the “Clean Chennai initiative” and United Way Bengaluru set up a two weeks relief base camp at Thiruvallur to benefit 1500 people across 4 villages and ensure that relief services reached the remotest of areas.
In addition, United Way Hyderabad and United Way Mumbai reached out to donors to support people in Tamil Nadu. As part of this effort, United Way Mumbai facilitated the distribution of 400 000 Sofit tetra packs of soft flavored soya milk and mobilised funds to enable 400 flood affected families have access to health and hygiene kits.
As waters have receded and rescue operations came to an end, the challenge now will be helping the thousands of people currently housed in relief camps rebuild their lives.