DESTROYED FOR 'RELIEF'
All down saar
Tsunami relief in Tamilnadu may have taken on an altogether
unexpected colour. Some villages escaped the giant tides, but
in Shanmuganagar, villagers destroyed their own homes, when the tsunami itself did
not. Why? "We were scared, and they promised us a new house," finds
OPINION : LEAKY TSUNAMI RELIEF
Not that lucky
Eight months since the December 2004 tsunami,
returned to Nagore near Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu, to find that
plenty of boats donated by NGOs were poorly built. As 'relief',
many fishermen received boats
that leak and one boat reportedly
split under their feet on its first trip out to sea.
A & N ISLANDS - SIX MONTHS LATER
The betrayal of tsunami survivors
A blinkered bureaucracy has proved to be utterly insensitive to the
Andaman and Nicobar islanders. Instead of helping them rebuild their lives, the
government is reinforcing practices of dependence and subservience while pushing its warped version of relief and
Combat Law Issue # 4.3
Restructuring society, post-tsunami
Many widows and destitute women in the fishing communities of Tamilnadu have been left out of tsunami relief because of acute gender
bias. Men are also abusing relief funds on liquor, with women bearing
the brunt. NGOs are trying to erode rigid attitudes, reports
Gender, media and tsunamis
Can there possibly be a gender angle to the tsunami story?
pointing out that women from economically and socially deprived
communities usually bear the brunt of disasters, thanks to the gender
dimension of social inequality and inequity.
Bloggers connect people, hasten relief
In the immediate aftermath of the 26 December tsunamis, many bloggers visited the affected areas. Their eyewitness accounts brought the horrors of the devastation to distant audiences and were instrumental in garnering widespread
The shape of common sense
In Samiyarpettai, sub-collector Rajendra Ratnoo had put together a disaster
plan as a test case just two months ago. When the tsunami came last
December 26, Ratnoo's plan worked spectacularly. Over one hundred survived
because of it. That was an achievement, says
OPINION : RELIEF
Trust, but verify
For the great majority of us who are far from the Tsunami disaster,
the easiest thing to contribute is money. Finding someone who'll take our money is easy.
But a recipient's annual
report summarising relief transactions is not enough to tell us
how our money was used, says
REPORT : AFTERMATH
Nagapattinam inching closer to normalcy
"We were pushed out of the queues for food, relief material, an even drinking water",
says Bama Rajazhagan, a dalit. But not all is gloomy in Nagapattinam; district machinery,
voluntary organisations, and the army are lending support to rebuilding.
Tsunami, mangroves and market economy
The Tsunami of 26 December did not invade several coastlines around
the Indian ocean to the degree it did many others because of mangroves
and coral reefs. Mangroves offer double protection, but India has seen
their rampant cutting down in favour of tourism and shrimp farming,
Relief critical to stem school dropouts
With tens of thousands still displaced over a week since the Tsunami disaster, some schools are yet to reopen and
others are seeing low attendance. And as children wait anxiously in TN relief camps, more awe-inspiring stories are emerging. Krithika
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Names and contact information
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Map tools - Tamilnadu coastline
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Roads (230 Kb)
Send letters regarding the Tsumami disaster to
with the subject "Tsunami".
The Hindu Relief Fund
AID Relief Fund
Asha Tsunami Relief Fund
GiveIndia.org (India, UK donors)
GiveWorld.org (US donors)
North American Red Cross
Sulekha-AID Relief Fund
Prime Minister's National Relief Fund
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Prime Minister's National Relief Fund
TN Chief Minister's Relief Fund
SRI LANKA RELIEF
Tamils Rehabilitation Organization
Tamils Rehabilitation (donors abroad)
Sri Lanka PM's Relief Fund
GOVT. INFORMATION & CONTACTS
Tsunami damage, latest govt reports
National Disaster Management
website at the Union Home Ministry.
Statewise district maps
Andaman and Nicobar
State and district officals
Contact info from TN, Goa, Kerala, and Pondicherry.
Microsoft Excel file, 208 Kb
Chennai emergency telephone numbers
044 - 2538 3783, 2538 4670, 2538 1330
Frequently asked questions
PMEL, NOAA, United States.
Tsunami Information Resource
University of Washington - Seattle
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