Sewa International at the Forefront of Tamil Nadu Relief Operations


Sewa International USA has raised over $100,000

HOUSTON: The rains and accompanying floods in Tamil Nadu have thrown the normal life into a disarray in various parts of Tamil Nadu.  But Chennai, Cuddalore and Puducherry have taken the brunt of it.  Apart from over 500 deaths reported thus far, hundreds of thousands have been rendered homeless. 1.5 million people have been evacuated and another 2.5 million have been displaced.  Most of these flood victims have lost everything and their homes have been rendered worthless.  The current reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts are pegged at almost 20 times what was needed for New Orleans. The task is enormous!  A monumental response is needed for rescue, relief and rehabilitation.

Sewa International and its sister organizations (including Seva Bharathi) have risen to the challenge with 93 teams with more than 5,000 dedicated volunteers working round the clock. A strong team of 50 doctors and 12 medical and pharmacy students from various parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have landed in Chennai to offer their help.  A total of 10 medical teams have so far conducted 40 camps in various parts of Chennai where more than one lakh (100,000) flood victims were examined.

Volunteers from all over Tamil Nadu and neighboring states are lending a helping hand by bringing supplies and essentials and then distributing it.  At many places our volunteers reached before NDRF / Army.

Sewa is putting together a kit of essential supplies (mats, blankets, cooking utensils, school supplies, basic medicines, etc) so that families can start their lives again.

Sewa volunteers in the US are offering 24×7 backroom support to coordinate these army of volunteers.  They use social media extensively to send help where it is needed.

Sewa International has already reached $100,000 in just six (6) days.  We have set a goal of $500,000 for Tamil Nadu Flood Relief.

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