The Central Government of India has accorded the status ‘calamity of severe nature’ to the worst floods Tamil Nadu witnessed in over hundred years.
Mud huts with thatch roofs have been severely affected in the floods. Walls have melted away, the flooring made of mud remained damp and sludgy weeks after the floods.
Households have lost their utensils, stoves clothes and other belongings in the flood
The focus in Chennai, Cuddalore and Kanchipuram continues to be on ensuring relief materials reach the flood affected communities as well as rehabilitation.
Debris from the floods around the settlements in some rural areas have affected the mobility of residents. Stagnant water and debris from the floods have become a health risk for the communities living in the flood affected areas.
Access to safe drinking water remains an area of concern.
General Humanitarian Situation
Oxfam has reached out to over 4000 households with humanitarian assistance including Shelter kit distribution, Non Food Items (NFI), Hygiene kits and food rations.
80% of 2.6 million populations were affected, 500 out of 686 GPs affected and 11 out of 13 blocks were affected.
There have been 354 deaths, loss of 4,383 cattle and destruction of 117,000 huts across Tamil Nadu according to Official Government Statistics.
In Cuddalore district 323 panchayats are affected from 7 blocks.