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India: ACT Rapid Response Payment Request No. 17b/2009 - Tamil Nadu Flood

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Funds Sent To: Lutheran World Service, India (LWSI)

Amount Sent: US$ 55,857

Date: 17 December 2009

(Please note this is additional to the previous RRF payment issued for this emergency for UELCI on 11 December, hence number 17b.)

Details of Response

Emergency: Tamil Nadu Floods

Date of Emergency: November 2009

Implementing Member:

Lutheran World Service India (LWSI) with their local partner Don Bosco. Don Bosco has organised community colleges, self help groups (SHGs) for the women in the Kothagiri and Coonnor Blocks over the last four decades. They were also instrumental in setting up Kothagiri Multi-Stake Holder's People's Forum, which was established to safe guard the forest and hills and promote the movement against cutting of trees. In response to this flood Don Bosco has mobilized relief materials and distributed to some of the worst affected families. However, the support was minimal and there is an urgent need of more resources for the sustenance of the most vulnerable affected people whose condition is deteriorating with every day. Volunteers from the local areas, trained by Don Bosco, played a significant role during rescue operations and guided the rescue teams to reach the most affected areas.

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY:

Since the beginning of November 2009, heavy northeast monsoon rains and subsequent flooding and landslides created extensive damage to infrastructure and rendered thousands of people homeless in the state of Tamil Nadu. The worst affected districts are Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and the hill district of Nilgiris. Chennai and the northern part of Tamil Nadu.

The hillside district of Nilgiris, situated about 450 kilometers (280 miles) west of the state capital Chennai, was lashed by heavy rains for two days (9 and 10 November 2009) disrupting normal life for more than ten days as the district remained cutoff from the outside world. 43 lives were lost in one district alone. According to a officials at the flood control centre in Udhagamandalam, the victims including men, women and children, were either washed away in floods or buried in landslides. The rains continued till 15 November causing more than 400 landslides in Nilgiris district.