Heavy rains caused by monsoon in November – December of 2015 resulted in floods along the Coromandel Coastal region of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The city of Chennai was worst hit and the low-lying parts were soon inundated and several buildings collapsed as a result of heavy rains. In the Chennai region alone more than 500 people died and thousands displaced from their homes.
Hundreds of acres of agricultural land was ruined by flood waters in several districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. IDRF launched the fundraising to provide relief and rehabilitation through two highly reputable partner-NGOs: Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS).
NGO: Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society (SVRDS)
Partner Since: 1996
SVRDS focused on distributing relief kits to those villages around Chennai that did not receive Government aid in time. The relief kits were distributed to about 2000 families and consisted of a steel container filled with kitchen utensils, towel, clothing (saris and dhotis) for the whole family, mats, and groceries (like rice, oil, wheat, sooji, pulses), washing powder & medicine kits, etc. With IDRF’s support, reconstruction of severely damaged houses of very poor families was done, in order to bring about normalcy in flood victims’ lives. Seven houses with built-up areas of 270 square feet were constructed to resettle the families whose houses were damaged beyond repair.
NGO: Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS)
Partner Since: 2002
IDRF funds to Yogoda Satsanga Society helped 8,075 families in five districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Many of the families that were helped were very poor and socially deprived and had not received any form of help from other relief agencies. YSS devotees and members distributed relief kits to these people that comprised of solar re-chargeable LED lamps, bedsheets, and mats.
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