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Preliminary Appeal for Assistance to Cyclone-Affected in Tamil Nadu, India, ref. IND121

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Appeal Target: US$ 291,702. This preliminary appeal covers the initial plans of CASA and UELCI, key members of the ACT India forum with extensive experience in responding to emergencies. They plan to provide food, NFI and shelter support to 9,700 worst affected households.

Severe cyclonic storm Thane hit the Tamil Nadu coast on 30 December 2011, and impacted in particular the district of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry, leaving a trail of destruction and throwing life out of gear in these two and neighbouring areas. To date, a total of 48 deaths have been officially reported.

Thane crossed the coast between Cuddalore and Puducherry in the morning of 30 December 2011 between 6 and 7 am with winds reaching 140 kmph. This resulted in the uprooting of thousand of trees and electric poles, snapping power supply in several areas starting from Cuddalore to Tirukoilur in one direction and from Cuddalore via Parangipettai, Vadalur, Neyveil to Vridhachalam in the other direction. Most of the areas in Cuddalore and Villupuram Districts and Puducherry were cut off from neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu with the uprooted trees blocking road traffic and electric posts falling.

Communication is also cut off. Although the loss of human lives is less compared to the Tsunami in 2004, the damage caused is extensive. Many cattle died. The standing crop in 100,000 acres of land in the entire southern part of Tamil Nadu has been damaged which has seriously impacted on the survival and coping capacity of the farmers. The lives of the fisher folk is once again thrown into despair and agony around the coast. In general normal life in this part of Tamil Nadu starting from Chennai has been greatly affected.

This preliminary appeal covers the initial plans of CASA and UELCI, key members of the ACT India forum with extensive experience in responding to emergencies. They plan to provide food, NFI and shelter support to 9,700 worst affected households.