Wednesday, December 29, 2004

REPORT : Relief work carried out by Swayamsevaks

Relief work carried out by Swayamsevaks in tsunami affected areas

Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra
8-B/6428-29, First Floor, Dev Nagar, Arya Samaj Road, New Delhi-5,
Phone : 011-25862042, 25729320 Fax : 011-25822649 e_mail :
ivsk@vsnl.net Press Release Date- 29-12-2004

RELIEF WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE SWAYAMSEVKS IN TSUNAMI EFFECTED AREAS

TAMILNADU

The earth quake that hit the East Coast line on December26, 2004
caused extensive damage to many places of Tamil Nadu, particularly
Chennai, Pondichery, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Kanniyakumari.
Tremors were initially felt around 6.30 in the morning. But around
8.45 a.m., the sea water raised upto 10 mtrs with terrific speed
engulfing the huts, houses and people living in the coastal areas and
also people who were walking on the coastal road, children playing
nearby, fishermen both in and out of sea. Fishing boats, fishnets and
catamarans were extensively damaged.

By 10.30 a.m. swayamsevaks swung into action and involved themselves
in the relief work. By noon 12.30 the swayamsevaks started
distributing food packets, buns, clothes, blankets, milk to the
children etc. In some places, relief centres were opened and food
prepared round the clock. Immediately, nearly 800 swayamsevaks
involved themselves in relief work. Around 20,000 food packets were
distributed. Six medical centres were opened for giving medical
assistance.

Nagapattinam district is the worst affected. Approximately 3000 lives
have been lost in the district. Responding to the appeal of the
District Collector more than 500 Swayamsevaks have plunged into relief
work. Nearly 1000 dead bodies have been removed by Swayamsevaks .

Two ambulances with doctors, one each from Salem and Coimbatore, have
been sent to Nagapattinam for the rescue and relief operations.
Assistance in the form of rice, dhal, clothes, and medicines from all
parts of the state is reaching the district.

One of the Villages badly affected in Kanyakumari district is Pallam.
RSS Swayamsevaks are actively engaged in relief work there. This
village has a predominant CSI Christian Community.

A survey is being conducted in the entire coastal belt to assess the
extent of damage and the areas which need rehabilitation work.

IMMEDIATE NEEDS ARE
1. Repairing of damaged fishing boats
2. Buying fishing nets
3. Subsidising diesel supply to the mechanized fishing boat owners
4. Supplying house hold necessities and repair and construction of new houses

We appeal to the general public to co-operate by giving their
contributions at the earliest in the name of:

SEVA BHARATHI TAMILNADU (EARTH QUAKE RELIEF A/C)
(Income Tax exempted under section 80G)
'Shakti' No.1, M.V.Naidu Street, Chetput, Chenai 600 031.
Phone No. 044 - 2836 0243, 2836 1049
e.mail: rsschennai@eth.net & vskchennai@vsnl.net

ANDHRA PRADESH

Relief teams comprising the swayamsevaks of RSS swung into action in
the districts of Nellore and Prakasham and engaged themselves in
relief and rescue operations. An Eye Camp was scheduled to be held at
Mypadu of Nellore District and doctors and other para medical staff
from Jaya Bharat Hospital affiliated to Seva Bharati of Nellore were
available on the spot when the calamity broke out.
The collector of the district who paid a visit to the village felt
relieved on seeing them and on learing that 43 persons were rescued by
the RSS swayamsevaks. Additional batches of workers also reached
Mypadu ,Iskapalli and channayapalem villages taking chapatis and
tamarind rice packets to be distributed to the displaced persons.

At Singaraya Konda in Prakasam Dist 2000 persons from the coastal
villages have been sheltered in a camp and arrangement for food and
medical aid have been with the help of local rice millers and other
philantrapic individuals.
Relief activities are also underway in several other districts like
Guntur, Krishna, Godavari etc.

KERALA

Kollam : Karunagappally taluk suffered major fury. Around 86 people
died. But casualties are definitely going to be more. 6600 people are
housed in 26 relief camps. Swayamsewaks are managing 14 camps out of
them. Besides they are operating six ambulances and also providing
food, clothes, medicines and beddings. An estimated 800 houses have
been washed away.

Alappuzha:- 23 people reported to be dead. More bodies are being
recovered.800 houses have been damaged. Most of them belong to poor
fishermen. Relief camps are jam-packed. There are only 14 camps and
around 40000 people are housed. All these camps are being run by Sewa
Bharati. Sewa Bharathi has opened a relief camp in the Kayamkulam
Taluk Hospital much to the relief of Govt. authorities.

Ernakulam:- The RSS training camp at a place viz. Nayarambalam has
been converted into a relief camp. Food and medicines have been
arranged for around 600 inmates. Further help is pouring in.

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