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At December 29, 2004 at 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RSS efforts

Namaste,

The centre for co-ordinating the relief work being done by Sangh
swayamsevaks in Tamil Nadu is:

SEVA BHARTI TAMILNADU
Shakti, 1 M.V.Street
Panchavati , Chet Put
Chennai - 600031
Ph- 044 28360243
28361049

You may send the relief material or any other help to the above address.
Donations can be sent by cheque, draft or money order in the of 'Seva
Bharti Tamilnadu'. Help, such as sending blankets, warm clothes, medicines etc, can also be sent to the above address.

An appeal made by Ma. Sudarshanji regarding this disaster:

http://www.rss.org/New_RSS/News/NewsDetail.jsp

Man From times immerosial has been trying to tame Nature but Mother Nature also from time to time shows its fury in such a way that all the arrogance of man comes to naught . Today in the morning Indonesia experienced an earth quake of 8.9 intensity on the Richter Scale, which triggered of high intensity waves inundating Thailand, SriLanka , Andaman-Nicobar islands and whole of Eastern sea coast of Bharat right from Kanyakumari to Andhra Pradesh.

Ocean water has rushed into coastal villages and towns with the result
that hundreds of people and small hutments got washed away and at many
places people are standed in water . Most of them are fisherman, who eke
out heir livelihood from sea, and tourists who had gone to enjoy their
Christmas holidays.

It becomes the duty of all our countrymen to lend a liberal helping in
this hour of unforseen calamity to the effected. The RSS Swayamsevaks have already sprung into action to provide relief. The center for all these
relief activities will be the office of:

SEVA BHARATI TAMILNADU
Shakti, 1 M.V.Street
Panchavati , Chet Put
Chennai - 600031
Ph- 044 28360243, 28361049
sevabharthitn@yahoo.com

Donations can be sent by cheque, draft or money order in the of 'Seva
Bharati Tamilnadu'. Succor in kind like blankets, warm clothes, medicines
etc can also be sent.



RSS,
Poorvi Andhra Pradesh Prant

Dear All,

This is regarding the massive under sea earthquake,
which resulted in thousands of people homeless &
killing hundreds of people in almost all the parts of
Costal Andhra Pradesh & Tamil nadu. Fisherman was the
worst hit as strong currents washed away thousand of
fishing boats and countless fishing nets. In Andhra
Pradesh Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna, East Godavari,
Vishaka & Vijaya Nagaram were the worst affected
districts as per the preliminary information & hit
badly due to this earthquake.

Sangha Swayam Sevaks have started the relief work in
various part of Costal Andhra Pradesh:

1. A team of doctors and volunteers from Jaya bharat
Hospital (Nellore) has started the medical facilities
in effected area and saved nearly 43 lives (as per the
preliminary information)

2. Batches of swayam sevaks started the relif work in
5 centers (Mypadu, Iskapalli, koduru, chennai pale and
Krishna puram villages).

3. A temporary relief camp was started in
Singarayakonda in prakasm districts and the local
swayam sevaks were helping the Govt authorities

4. 3 medical vans from Guntur district rushed
immediately to prakasm district with preventive
medicines and a batch of 50 swayam sevaks from
kanigiri were also joined the team.

5. A batch in Natha Ramewsaram (of east godavari
district) also started the relief camps in the same
area. Local RSS pracharak Sri Chitti Babu with others
workers started the immediate relief work

6. Apart from the above-mentioned relief works, all
the local RSS Units are actively participating in
different relief work.

7. A survey is going on to estimate the total loss
incurred in the costal Andhra.

Permanent Relief Work:

1. Distribution of fishing nets, assistance for
purchasing and repairing fiber boats

2. To undertake the repair work of diesel engines and
to supply the fuel so that they can start the lively
hood immediately

3. Supply of textbooks, notebooks and clothing to
effected students in the costal area.

4. Construction of houses (based on the survey
conducting after few days)


RSS will be doing all the relief work in the name of
Jana Sankshema Samithi (Regd No 141/92) Vijayawada.

RSS is appealing all the citizens to provide the
helping hand and monitory contribution for the relif
work.

For monetary contribution, please send the demand
drafts and cheques to JANA SANKSHEMA SAMITI,
VIJAYAWADA.

Address:

JANA SANKSHEMA SAMITI
Madhava Sadhan,
Kaleswara Rao Road, Vijaywada-520 002
Andhra pradesh
India

Phone Number:0866 2435199
Cell Phone: 98490 48859


Here is an update of the work being done in Eastern AP:

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
East Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada

Updated report as on Dec 27th mid night.

Swayamsevaks from all parts of costal Andhra are actively participating in
the relief activities and conducted a sample survey across 65 villages
(out of 82 affected villages) in Prakasam and Nellore Districts. More than
800 swayamsevaks are providing the services to the victims and helping
them to get back to their normal lives.

From the past 48 hours around 30,000 food packets were distributed to the earthquake-affected people. 8 medical teams are providing the medical
facilities to the victims.

Sample Survey Report:-

Swayamsevaks conducted door to door survey in 65 villages (out of 82
affected villages) in Prakasam and Nellore districts. As per the
preliminary survey the approximate damage cost went upto 24 crores. The total number of villages (belonging to Fishermen community) across the coastal belt is 520 out of which 300 villages are affected. Fishermen are not inclined to move the damaged boats and other equipments as they are waiting for the insurance survey and the banking policies. The actual
damage cost across the costal belt will be ten times more. The total
reported deaths are 105.

Property damage cost in 65 villages (Prakasam and Nellore districts):

General boats (1028 * 35,000) = 3,59,80,000
Fiber boats (1969*65,000) = 12,79,85,000
Ordinary fishing nets (3567*3,000) = 1,07,01,000
Haila-wala (big nets) (61*1,75,000) = 1,06,75,000
Motor engines (1960*25,000) = 4,90,00,000
Engines to be serviced (800*10,000) = 80,00,000
Total = 24,23,41,000

Reported deaths across 6 districts:

Nellore: 22
Prakasm: 33
Guntur: 2
Krishna : 36
West Godavari: 8
East Godavari: 4

Total 105

For monetary contribution, please send the demand drafts and cheques to

JANA SANKSHEMA SAMITI, VIJAYAWADA.
bank details: s.b.13455-JANA SANKSHEMA SAMITI,
indian overseas bank,
governerpet branch,
vijayawada-520002.

Address:
JANA SANKSHEMA SAMITI,
Madhava Sadhan,
Kaleswara Rao Road,
Vijaywada-520 002,
Andhra Pradesh, India

Phone #:0866 2435199,
Cell: 98490 48859

For more details please go through www.rss.org

Dhanyavad
Sukumar
Prantha Pracharak


RSS Swayamsevaks in the service of Tsunami Victims

Relief teams comprising the swayamsevaks of RSS sprung into action in the worst effected districts of Nellore and Prakasham engaged themselves in relief and rescue operations.
An Eye Camp was scheduled to be held at Mypadu of Nellore District doctors and other Para medical staff from Jaya Bharat Hospital affiliated to Seva Bharati , Nellore were present on the spot when the calamity broke out. The collector of the district who had a visit to the village felt relieved on hearing 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.
Some two scores of fishermen who were feared to have lost off Iskapalli coast have safely reached Karedu of Prakasham District. At Singaraya Konda 2000 persons from the coastal villages are sheltered in a camp and arrangement for food and to attend their medical needs were done with the help of local rice millers and other philantrapic individuals.
This information is given by Dr.K.Sukumar, Prantha Pracharak of Eastern Andhra Pradesh.
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Reports recevived on Dec 29

Tsunami relief: Appeal from the RSS, Tamilnadu

The RSS Tamilnadu has deployed over 1000 volunteers in nine major
centers devastated by the Tsunami Tidal Wave. The State wide relief
work is headed by Shri. Baktavatsalam, the Joint Provincial Organiser
of RSS in northern part of Tamilnadu. The first major task was the
supply of food, medicines and clothing on the one hand and on the
other the more difficult and demanding task of disposal of the dead.
The RSS has besides mobilizing the volunteers locally has also
mobalised and rushed volunteers from coimbatore. Madurai, Salem,
Trichy, Ambur and Erode. Outside reinforcements have gone mainly to
Nagapatttinam, the worst affected place.

The relief work in Nagapatttinam is led by Shri.P.M.Nagaraj and
Shri.Parameswaran who are coordinating the work with the District
collector and DRO. The massive work of disposal of the dead by burial
or cremation was virtually handled by the volunteers of RSS as many as
1,100 dead bodies were given respectable funeral by RSS workers in
Nagapattinam area alone and over 150 elsewhere. Since the collector of
Nagapattinam had sent an SOS to the local RSS workers, the state
leaderrship rushed Volunteers from all over the State to Nagapattinam.
Some 50 students of Vivekananda college, Thiruvedagam, Madurai have
also joined in the relief work. The relief work at Kolachal, in
Kanyakumari district was started by over 200 Volunteers almost
immediately. The effort at Kolachal was co-ordinated with the
Ramakrishna Mission and a Medical camp is functioning under
Dr.Srinivasa Kannan and Dr.Daiva Prakasam, RSS workers in Kanyakumari
District. In Chennai too the RSS Volunteers swung to action forthwith
and organised over 20,000 food packets within hours of the tragedy and
distributed hundreds of blankets and sarees by the evening.

Thousands of RSS Volunteers have been collecting rice, utensils and
clothing and these have been sent and are being sent to the different
centres for distribution. While most of the NGOs are present in
Chennai city, the RSS Volunteers have gone to areas where there is
least presence of organised relief groups and the State machinery is
also inadequate.

The purpose of the press release is to appraise the public of the
relief work organised by the RSS and to appeal for assistance in the
form of medicines, clothing, blankets, sarees and more importantly
donations for relief and rehabilitation includes housing, boats and
fishing nets and other infrastructe to put the affected back to work.

The willing donors may contact:

Shri Bhaktavatsalam 044 – 2836 1049, Mobile 94441 60649

Shakti 1, M.V.Naidu Street, Chetput, Chennai

Cheques / Drafts may be sent delievered as the above address in favour
of Seva Bharathi Tamilnadu (Earthquake Relief A/c) which has 80G
incometax exemption.

Released by Media Centre, chennai. 044 – 2836 0243/2836 1049


1. The Kolachal area of Kanyakumari district is predominantly
Muslim. This is worst affected. More than 200 Swayamsevaks have rushed
and are engaged in the relief works. So far 96 bodies have been
recovered. Seeing the work being done by the Swayamsevaks, the members
of the Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam from the Melapalayam area of the
Coimbatore arrived and prevented the R.S.S Swayamsevaks from extending
the relief. To avoid a conflict at this sad moment, the Swayamsevaks
have withdrawn from the place. But the local people have expressed the
desire that the Swayamsevaks continue to carry on the relief work.
Many members of the Christian community dominant among fishermen, also
expressed similar sentiments. Govt. officials contacted Seva Bharathi
members and requested them to participate in the rescue and relief
work.

2. Eye witnesses have also reported that many mediamen are
carefully avoiding the RSS karyakartas involved in the most difficult
part of the relief work - extricating the dead bodies - so as not to
give them any coverage in the national media, while covering
politicians and other non-entities prominently.


Relief efforts by RSS volunteers, RC; over 4900 bodies buried in worst
affected Nagai : PTI report

Nagapattinam(TN), Dec 29. (PTI):Over 4900 bodies have been buried so
far by Red Cross volunteers in the district which bore the brunt of
Tsunami disaster, according to an official of the Thanjavur chapter of
the Red Cross (RC).

The buried included 2400 from Nagapattinam, 1500 from Velankanni and
1000 from other parts of the district, RC Thanjavur district secretary
Raj Manohar told PTI.

The toll was likely to go up as more bodies had been sighted in some
places in the district, which was badly affected due to the December
26 Tsunami, he said.

Thirty medical teams from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were working
round-the-clock to provide relief to the affected. Over 500 injured
persons had been admitted to Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur
government hospitals, he said.

The Red Cross, with the help of RSS volunteers, has undertaken mass
burials all over the district. Even bodies which could not be
identified had been buired as they were highly decomposed, he said.

The entire coastal belt from Nagore to Velankanni, in which 14
fishermen hamlets were located, had been washed away due to the tidal
waves, he said.

The RC, together with the health authorities, would launch a massive
anti-cholera inoculation programme from today in the
district.Corporate houses like BHEL and Hyundai were supplying
medicines to government authorities, he said.


http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200412291040.htm


Reports from Kanyakumari, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam: volunteers of
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Red Cross and other organizations help in
rescue and relief work.

Tsunami toll in TN, Pondy touches 7,000

December 29, 2004 16:42 IST

The tsunamis that lashed the eastern and southern coastal areas of the
country on Sunday have so far left about 7,000 dead in Tamil Nadu and
Pondicherry.

The toll is expected to rise.

Tsunami death toll in Asia touches 60,000

In Nagapattinam, the worst affected district, 4,900 bodies – 2,400 in
Nagapattinam town, 1,500 in Velankanni and 1,000 in other places -
have been buried so far, Thanjavur Red Cross District Secretary Raj
Manohar told PTI.

In Cuddalore, 500 deaths were reported, while at Kalpakkam the toll
was put at 100. In Pondicherry, 500, including 400 at Karaikal, were
said to be dead.

Who will distribute the aid pouring in?

Kanyakumari accounted for 800 deaths, while in Chennai the tsunamis
claimed 200 lives.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu administration on Wednesday stepped up
efforts to prevent outbreak of epidemic and speed up rehabilitation
work

In Nagapattinam, the Red Cross and health department authorities have
started inoculating people as a preventive measure.

Aussie cricketers donate prize money

Over 500 have been admitted to 3 government hospitals in the district,
a report said.

Medical teams are working round-the-clock to provide relief in the
affected areas. The Indian Army, Navy and Air Force personnel are also
lending a helping hand.

Reports from Kanyakumari, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam said volunteers
belonging to various organisations, including the Red Cross and the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, were helping the administration in relief
and rescue work.

http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/29tn3.htm

 
At December 29, 2004 at 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report from Media Centre, Chennai, Dec. 27, 2004

The earth quake that hit the East Coast line on December26,
2004 did 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 and salvaging the dead. By noon 12.30 the
swayamsevaks started distributing food packets. By evening, the relief
work gained momentum and more and more swayamsevaks along with volunteers
of many social service organisations like Ramakrishna Mutt etc.,
co-ordinated in arranging for 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. The
response from the general public was also spontaneous as a result of which
clothes arrived at the relief centres in a big way.

A survey is being conducted in the coastal belt to assess the
extent of damage and the areas which need rehabilitation work. In the
coming days, it is decided to take up rehabilitation work on a larger
scale particularly providing of boats, fishing nets, blankets, utensils,
supply of note books, text books to the students, construction of houses
etc. An office has been opened for the relief work in the Sangh Karyalaya,
Chennai. Sri Bhaktavatsalam, Saha-Prant Pracharak will co-ordinate the
relief work. We appeal to the general public to co-operate by giving
their donations at the earliest in the name of:
SEVA BHARATHI TAMILNADU (EARTH QUAKE RELIEF A/C)
(Income Tax concession under 80G available)
'Shakti' No.1, M.V.Naidu Street, Chetput, Chenai 600 031.
Phone No. 044 - 2836 0243, 2836 1049
e.mail: vskchennai@vsnl.net.

 
At December 29, 2004 at 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

 
At December 29, 2004 at 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.sewainternational.org/dynamic/


Swa Intnl report on 29th

http://www.sewainternational.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=153

South Tamilnadu has the sea coast areas in which Nagapattinam is worst affected. Next comes Karaikal and Kanyakumari. Other coastal areas Tirunelveli, Thuthukudi comparatively less affected.

In Nagapattinam surroundings upto Pondichery as we know 19 villages are affected. Out of these 19 villages, 2 villages are worst affected. So far more than 3000 bodies found at Nagapattinam itself in which 1500 bodies were taken out by our team of volunteers comprising 150 persons. Government machinery so far have been able to work only in Nagapattanam town. Since water level still continues to be high, relief has not reached surrounding villages in which hundreds of dead bodies lying uncared since total hamlet itself has been washed away. So, we expect another 2000 bodies from these areas. Immediate task before us is to remove dead bodies Government officers themselves are asking us to help. We are also finding it difficult to reach affected villages because of water level and also lack of enough vehicles and funds. Immediate medical arrangement of antibiotics in large scale is also needed to avoid spread of epidemic.

Volunteers worked in Nagapattinam government hospital to handle dead bodies. Local public and others offering food to the affected people. We have a sheltering camp for this work at Nagapattinam. A team of about 300 sanga volunteers to-day proceeded to Nagapattinam from Coimbatore surrounding. Another one team of 50 college students from Vivekanandha college, Thiruvedagam, Madurai Dt sent by our Kshetra Karyavagh Prof.R. Vanniarajan. This two group of persons will work for ‘sava-seva’. This team will find out the dead bodies from the hamlets and will help to cremate them safely. Adequate minimum medical precaution has been given to do this work. Large quantity of purified water packets, food items, cloths and blankets sent in lorries to Nagapattinam.

Regarding Kanyakumari, as we know 16 coastal villages affected out of which 2 villages worst affected namely Kulachal and Manakkudi. In Kulachal itself 250 dead bodies found out. On 27th (second day) water level increased and waves taken 100 lives. Sea water level gone inside the ocean. More than 500 public reached sea-shore safely from Vivekanandha Rock memorial which is built in the midest of ocean. A relief camp is operating from VRMC campus at Vivekanandhapuram . Relief materials like food items biscuits, clothes and blankets are arriving to relief camp for distribution. On 27th two doctors teams headed by Dr Srinivasa Kannan and Dr.Deivaprakash consisting of 40 volunteers went round the affected coastal villages and treated about 100 patients. This medical team consisted 3 doctors, 7 nurse and 15 volunteers for several help.

Another group of volunteers went round the coastal areas of kanyakumari and found out 80 bodies and buried. Totally 250 volunteers worked in this relief operation at Kanyakumari. On 28th relief materials have been supplied to the affected people. To know the work progress following persons can be contacted.

FOR NAGAPATTINAM

P.M. Nagarajan
Mobile 98425-66315 Ph 04365-220803

FOR KANYAKUMARI

S. Raman
Mobile : 94434-16565 Phone 04652-229460

The relief works are carried over in the name of Seva Bharathi Tamilnadu. Relief materials cheques ,drafts can be sent in favour of SEVA BHARATHI TAMILNADU, EARTHQUAKE RELIEF A/C addressed to

Seva Bharathi,
1 M.V.Street,
Chetpet,
Chennai 600 031
Report prepared and sent by

M.N.SUNDHAR
TRICHY

 
At December 29, 2004 at 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sewa bharathi TN report for 28th

http://www.sewainternational.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=150

TSUNAMI Relief Work By Seva Bharathi - Tamilnadu (28.12.2004)


Chennai, Dec 28: Nagapattinam district is the worst affected in the tsunami attack on the Tamilnadu coast. Approximately 4000 lives have been lost in the district.

THEY REMOVE DEAD BODIES

More than 500 Volunteers are engaged in this task. So far the administration has removed 2000 dead bodies. The Volunteers have removed 805 dead bodies. Volunteers from Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Ambur, Salem and Erode have also rushed to Nagapatttinam to render assistance.

AMBULANCES RUSH HELP

Two ambulances one each from Salem and Coimbatore are used in Nagapattinam for the rescue and relief operations. Assistance in the form of rice, dhal, clothes, and medicines from all parts of the state are pouring into the district.

DARING MEN, DARLINGS OF THE PUBLIC

In the Kolachal area of Kanyakumari district more than 200 Volunteers are engaged in the relief works. So far 96 bodies have been recovered from that place. Govt. officials contacted Seva Bharathi members and requested them to participate in the rescue and relief work.

TRAINING THE SOCIETY IN SEVA

At Kolachal a joint effort with The Ramakrishna Mission has been undertaken to distribute vessels for cooking. A Medical camp is being organised by Dr..Deiva Prakasam, District Seva Bharathi president of Nagarkoil. So far 5 such camps have been conducted.

The Volunteers who were at Vandavasi camp collected money for the relief work going door to door. With a view to render relief assistance at the affected areas the Volunteers are conducting surveys.

One of the Villages badly affected in Kanyakumari district is Pallam. Volunteers are actively engaged in relief work there.

FIRST ON SPOT IN FAR-FLUNG AREAS

Compared to other districts in Tamilnadu the damages suffered by Chennai city is on a lesser scale. But Media and NGOs are concentrating only on Chennai. Therefore Volunteers are engaged in relief work in areas like Pazhaverkadu and Kovalam near the city.

Reported Deaths Along Tamilnadu Coast
Chennai 150
Kanchipuram 81
Tiruvallur 12
Villupuram 35
Cuddalore 410
Nagapattinam 3000
Kanyakumari 1000
A survey is being conducted in the coastal belt to assess the extent of damage and the areas which need rehabilitation work:

Repairing of damaged fishing boats

Buying fishing nets

Subsidising diesel supply to the mechanized fishing boat owners

 
At December 29, 2004 at 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.sewainternational.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=149

TSUNAMI Report-1 (27.12.2004) : Relief work done on 26th December
Andhra Pradesh:

In Andhra Pradesh Nellore, Prakasham, Krishna, East Godavari, Vishaka & Vijay Nagaram were the worst affected districts as per the preliminary information. Volunteers have started the relief work in various parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

A team of doctors and volunteers from Jaya Bharat Hospital (Nellore) has started the medical facilities in affected area and saved nearly 43 lives.

Nearly 7000 food packets were distributed so far in the above-mentioned villages.

A temporary relief camp was started in Singarayokonda in Prakasham district and the local volunteers were helping the Government authorities.

3 medical vans from Guntur district rushed immediately to prakasham district with preventive medicines and a batch of 50 volunteers from Kangiri were also joined the team.

A batch of volunteers in Natha Rameshwaram (of East Godavari district) also started the relief camps in the same area.

A survey is going on to estimate the total loss incurred in the coastal Andhra.

Rehabilitation work planned:

Medical services

Distribution of fishing nets, assistance for purchasing and repairing fiber boats

Repair of diesel engines and supply fuel

Distribution of textbooks, notebooks and uniforms to students.

Construction of houses.

Repair and construction of community infrastructure.

Dr. S. Sukumar
Jana Sankshema Samiti, Madhava Sadhan,
Kaleshwara Rao Road, Vijaywada- 520002,
Andhra Pradesh, India.
Tamil Nadu:

The earth quake that hit the East Coast line on December26, 2004 did 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 seawater 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, and fishermen both in and out of sea. Fishing boats, fishnets and catamarans were extensively damaged.

By 10.30 a.m., volunteers swung into action and involved themselves in the relief work and salvaging the dead. By noon 12.30 the volunteers started distributing food packets. By evening, the relief work gained momentum and more and more volunteers along with volunteers of many social service organisations like Ramakrishna Mutt etc., coordinated in arranging for 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 volunteers involved themselves in relief work. Around 20,000 food packets were distributed. Six medical centres were opened for giving medical assistance. The response from the general public was also spontaneous as a result of which clothes arrived at the relief centres in a big way.

A survey is being conducted in the coastal belt to assess the extent of damage and the areas which need rehabilitation work. In the coming days, it is decided to take up rehabilitation work on a larger scale particularly providing of boats, fishing nets, blankets, utensils, supply of note books, text books to the students, construction of houses etc. An office has been opened for the relief work in Chennai. Sri Bhaktavatsalam will co-ordinate the relief work. We appeal to the general public to co-operate by giving their donations at the earliest in the name of:

SEVA BHARATHI TAMILNADU (EARTH QUAKE RELIEF A/C)
'Shakti' No.1, M.V.Naidu Street, Chetput, Chenai 600 031.
Phone No. 2836 0243, 2836 1049
E-mail: vskchennai@vsnl.net.
DISTRICTWISE REPORT

CHENNAI

Immediately after the incident, 250 volunteers swung into action and distributed 12,000 food pockets. In addition, blankets, sarees, bread, biscuits, milk to children were distributed. One medical van started operating with a team of doctors who went round the affected places and gave medicines. Two relief centres were opened and food prepared round the clock for distribution.

PONDICHERY
25 volunteers immediately rushed to the affected places and distributed blankets, clothes. At Karaikal volunteers engaged in the work of salvaging the dead bodies.

CUDDALORE
A medical team immediately went round the affected places and gave medicines to more than thousand persons.

NAGAPATTINAM
A relief centre has been opened. 50 volunteers involved themselves in the relief work. Food packets along with water sachets and clothes were distributed.

KANYAKUMARI
Two medical teams started going round the affected places and provided first-aid and medicines. 100 volunteers were involved in the relief work. Food and clothes were distributed.



(R.V.S. MARIMUTHU)

Kerala:

Kollam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam are the worst affected districts of Kerala.

Kollam: Karunagapally taluk suffered major fury. Around 86 people died. But casualties are definitely going to be more. 6600 people are housed in 26 relief camps. Out of 26 our volunteers are managing 14. We are operating 6 ambulances. We also provide food, clothes, medicines and beddings. An estimated 800 houses have been washed away.

Alappuzha: 23 people are 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 us. The district administration seems to be helpless. Sewa Bharathi has opened a relief camp in the Kayamkulam Taluk Hospital much to the relief of Govt. authorities.

Ernakulam: Our training camp at Nayarmbalam has been converted into a relief camp. Food and medicines have been arranged for around 600 inmates. Further help is pouring in.

Foodgrains, medicines and clothes are being collected which are badly required for relief operations.

Shri M. Ganesh

 
At December 29, 2004 at 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call to Action: Tsunami Relief

-- Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha --

Your help is needed this minute.

All India Movement For Seva (AIM For Seva) is actively involved in relief work in India. Please read below for details. I have organized the information in the following categories:

(A) Appeal by Swami Dayananda Saraswati
(B) Examples and reports of courageous actions
(C) How to give
(D) Ongoing efforts
(E) Prayers

(A) Appeal by Swami Dayananda Saraswati
The devastations caused by the tsunami are all over the media. Any help has to be through a committed team of people engaged in the very areas where the people need various forms of attention and help. The All India Movement for Seva people are very much right in Chennai, Pondicherry, Nagapatnam district and other coast areas doing relief work. Our Swamis, all over India, are collecting materials and funds. This work is going on, on a war footing.

All India Movement for Seva is appealing to everyone to contribute and also to raise funds through others. We need help right now! It is urgent! AIM for Seva is going to rehabilitate the people besides providing food and medicine.

Your active participation is very valuable at this time of need. One thing All India Movement for Seva assures you is, literally every cent goes to this work.

-- Dayananda Saraswati

(B) Examples and reports of courageous actions

An army headed by Sanyasis is at work. I present 3 snippets here:

------Story From Jaishankar Narayanan, AIM For Seva,
------who himself barely escaped the brunt of the Tsunami
------at Kovalam beach near Chennai

All the people who were living near the coast have fled their homes and
are living in Govt schools, temples, Marriage halls etc. in interior
areas. Yesterday I went along with my friends and we bought food
packets and water from a nearby hotel and distributed 250 packets of
food and 200 water sachets to people living in Kelambakkam Govt School.
We also visited the Kovalam village and surveyed the damage. The shore
temple which was renovated recently in intact. Many houses which were
adjacent to the shore have been damaged and damaged boats are lying far
away from the coastline. I talked to some fishermen and they said that
they have lost their livelihood as boats and nets have been lost. It
may take a month to put together something and venture into the sea
again.

>From there we went to Pudupakkam Hill where there is an Anjaneya
temple. Many panic stricken people (more than 1000) have taken shelter
in this hill. The temple has some utensils (big ones) as annadana is
done here during auspicious days like Hanumatjayanthi. Some nearby
industries had donated stoves and LPG cylinders. They wanted provisions
for the evening meal and clothes. We gave the clothes, which we had
collected during the day, to them and bought provisions like Rice, oil,
spices etc. for Rs. 2800 and donated to them. I went there in the
evening again. They had really done a good job of cooking sambar rice,
tomato rice and Curd rice with pickle ( I tasted some) and were
distributing the food to the people. I went up the hill and talked to
the people there. Many old people wanted some warm clothes and
bedsheets. Someone had donated bedsheets but all of them did'nt get it.
The people there told me that they have'nt got relief from the Govt
yet. Only NGOs like Saisamitis and other local people have been helping
them out.

I expect the people to slowly go and settle down in their villages
today, if there are no more aftershocks, but they still require
provisons, utensils and other household items. Srividya had called up
all her friends,students and the people we know during the day and they
all have agreed to donate provisons, clothes and some money. We will
collecting all those materials and distribute it in the coming days. I
will also be talking to the village elders today and find out what can
be done for the longterm so that they can start their livelihoods
again.

-------Message from Swami Pramananda, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Combatore----------

Our venue is In Koradacheri. We have a kalyana mandapam there where we
are cooking and feeding food for over 3000 people every day, and medical
care is being given. We are near to Nagapatnam. Unlike in Chennai where
there are industries helping, in Nagapatnam there is no local support.
The local authorities Tasildar and others are looking to AIM for Seva
for support.

Manjakkudi Ramachandran and his team of about 60-70 villagers of the
area near Koradacheri has been doing phenomenal work in preparing and
distributing food materials since Sunday. They have offered shelter to
over 2000 people since the evening of the disaster, also.
The situation is very bad there. Our people have gone to the site and
found dead bodies in the hundreds below the thatched roofs of collapsed
huts. The stench now fills the air.

AIM for Seva at the all India level is organizing its human and material
resources to be sent to the Koradacheri area.

-------------From Swami Tattvabodhananda, Pondicherry, 4 days ago--------------

Here in Pondicherry, karaikal area more than 300 people died and 2500 people lost their homes. I had visited Ariyankuppam, Veerampattinam, Kottaimedu, Vaitheekuppam, and Kalapet in pondicherry and tomorrow i will be visiting kariakal area.

Today we had surveyed to give away the cloths to the affected people. we need the following items immediately for the needy (for one area)

Sleeping mats minimum 2000 nos
Blankets atleast 2000 nos (it is very cold during night)
Vessel for cooking rice
rice, sugar, wheat powder, (atta) maida, kerosine, edible oil,

Namaskaram.
Swami Tattvabodhananda

-------------From Swami Siddhabodhananda, Coimbatore--------------

As an emergency relief yesterday, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust,
Manjakkudi, rented a Kalyana Mandapam and gave food, milk, lodging and
medical aid to 1,000 women and children. These villagers will be
returning to their villages by 29th December.

By the end of this week, AIM for Seva will make a consolidated effort in
providing ongoing food and human resources for reconstruction and
rehabilitation of the affected areas.

We at the Gurukulam will be organizing containers of supplies at the
National level to be sent to the affected areas in coordination with
Manjakkudi Centre.

---End of Courageous efforts

(C) How to give

If possible family including children can be asked to go door to door to collect funds.
If you are living in the US:

Make a tax-deductible donation on-line @ www.aimforseva.org
[Note: please check "Tsunami Support" after clicking the "DONATE NOW" button.]
or Send your check/Credit card info to:

All India Movement for Seva
c/o Janet Falk
PO Box 639
Saylorsburg, PA 18353
Tel: (570) 402-1244
usaoffice@aimforseva.org
If you are living in India:

Send your donation (cheque or Demand Draft) to:
All India Movement for Seva
c/o R. Venkatramani
Arsha Vidya Gurukulam
Anaikatti Post
Coimbatore 641-108
Tel: 0422-265-7150
In Chennai, you can also get in touch with:
Bri. K. Chandra
Coordinator, AIM for Seva Corps (Tamilnadu)
78/10 Kala flats, Dr. Ranga Rd, Mylapore Chennai 600 004
Tel: 044-24997857 :Mob-98404 63989
kchandra321@vsnl.net

Or

Smt. Krishnaveni
gayathrihariom@yahoo.co.in
Phone: 24454388

(D) Ongoing efforts :

There are organizations like IDRF that are channeling funds to local agencies. If you support them, please suggest that they get in touch with AIM For Seva. AIM For Seva is in the front-line.

(E) Prayer

If you are able to provide physical help, by all means do. You may contact AIM for Seva ( http://www.aimforseva.org/ )
Finally, Pray, Pray, Pray. Invoke God's Grace to help the helpless, and to give strength to the hundreds of thousands of sevaks who are providing hope to the needy. Chant or write a japa (for e.g. 'Vighnaharaya Namaha') as many times as you can.

Open your heart. Give to your brothers and sisters.

With most heartfelt prayers,
Jayakumar
713-961-3408

 
At January 1, 2005 at 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nataraja Darshan saves lives of 4000 fishermen


While thousads lost their lives in the Cuddalore coast to Tsunami, close to 4000 fishermen belonging to some 20 villages like Killai, Pichavaram, Kavarapattu neighboring the Chidambaram region escaped. They had left their villages to attend the annual ritual of "Arudra Darshan" at the world famous Nataraja Mandir in Chidambaram. As has been their practice for generations, they were involved in the pulling of the Mandir Car. When they returned to their villages post Tsunami, they found their entire villages ravaged beyond recognition. Sri Srinivasakumar a member of the fishermen community told us that they were saved because of the grace of Nataraja. He stated that inside the Chidambaram Mandir, they did not find any impact at all. He concluded " all of us owe our lives to Him".
VSK CHENNAI

 
At January 2, 2005 at 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

update on RSS efforts
Volunteers of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) are doing their best in relief operations in coastal districts to help people affected by tidal waves. The immediate task was to supply food, medicines and clothing.

Another demanding task was the disposal of the dead. RSS rushed volunteers from Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Trichi, Ambur and Erode and they joined hands with local volunteers in the operations. Students of Vivekananda College in Thiruvedagam and Madurai have also teamed up with them to frrender help.

Following an SOS from Nagapattinam district collector, RSS sent volunteers from all over the State to the affected areas. The volunteers performed funeral rites to 1,100 bodies recovered from the tsunami-hit areas in this district alone.

The relief works in Kanyakumari district were coordinated with the Ramakrishna Mission and a medical camp is functioning with doctors and volunteers.The RSS also installed a mineral water plant in Tiruvarur and distributed 20,000 litres of safe drinking water per day. In Chennai too, the volunteers swung into action and distributed 20,000 food packets within hours of the tragedy and provided hundreds of blankets and sarees.

The RSS is collecting rice, utensils and clothes for distribution, a press release from the RSS headquarters in Chennai said. RSS has appealed to the people to contribute medicines, clothings and financial assistance to assist fishermen in getting boats, fishing nets and other infrastructure facilities.

 
At January 2, 2005 at 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some more updates on RSS efforts

The RSS has sought reports from its units in the southern States where tsunami had killed thousands of people and hit the lives of fishermen, so that it could further streamline the ongoing relief activities being carried on by its swayam sevaks.

"We have asked for reports from the all the affected States including our unit in Andaman and Nicobar so that we can further streamline our relief and rehabilitation measures in these areas," RSS spokesman Ram Madhav, told reportersin Delhi .

"As it is difficult for one organisation to handle the entire relief operations, the Sangh, therefore, decided to carry out relief activities in the affected areas. We are also taking steps to provide assistance to the fishermen who have lost their boats and thus, the very source of their livelihood," he said.

The RSS plans to make Chennai its headquarters and from there extend help to all the affected persons, including those in Andaman and Nicobar islands, he said.

Madhav said 20 truckloads of relief material has been sent from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu as also a team of 14 doctors while in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, swayam sevaks were running relief camps. He appealed to the people to contribute towards the relief fund launched by Seva Bharathi Tamil Nadu.

 
At January 4, 2005 at 5:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 Thousand Swayamsevaks Collected Rs.15 Lakh in a Single Day

About 15 thousand RSS workers collected an amount of Rs. 15 Lakh for the aid of the Tsunami-sufferers in a single day on 1st of January 2005. In their intensive and mass contact campaign thoughout the National Capital they contacted the cross section of society, from Jhuggi-Jhopari- dwellers to the big excutives and business magnates, and collected the money which will be remitted through the 'Keshav Smarak Samiti', Keshav Kunj, Jhandewala, New Delhi, to the "Sewa bharati Tamilnadu" at Chennai which has become the Tsu-nami aid centre of RSS. The campaign in Delhi would last upto 9th of January 2005. RSS workers throughout the country are busy in similar campaigns which follow an appeal by Sarsanghchalak K.S. Sudarshan.

 
At January 4, 2005 at 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this great!!

Ancestral early warning systems saved Andaman janajaati: ASI


The five aboriginal tribes inhabiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, our last missing link with early civilisation, have emerged unscathed from the tsunamis because of their age old "warning systems".

"The tribals get wind of impending danger from biological warning signals like the cry of birds and change in the behavioural patterns of marine animals. They must have run to the forests for safety. No casualties have been reported among these five tribes," ASI Director Dr V R Rao told .

This has promted the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) to propose its immediate documentation to save coastal populations from similar disasters in future.

His team in the badly-hit islands reported the well being of all five aborigines tribes -- Jarwas, Onges, Shompens, Sentenelese and Great Andamanese.

Early warning systems developed by their forefathers and adapted successfully by the tribals must have sent the first alarm signals and given them time to run for safety, he said.

These tribes could be traced down to the mesolithic and upper paleolithic era (from 20000 to 60000 years ago), he said. They had inherited a wealth of indigenous knowledge that had not yet been recorded.

"Anthropologists have been recording these aspects for long. But the question is to properly document them and find means to create a national resource base upon which a coastal signalling system can be operated.

"We have proposed to the Centre to take up immediate documentation of these systems and geomorphological changes triggered by the tsunami since these would be fresh in the memory of the tribals now," Rao said.

http://www.newkerala.com/news-daily/news/features.php?action=fullnews&id=54372
PTI

 
At January 5, 2005 at 5:21 PM, Blogger naturalwaters2004 said...

Guru pledges $23m tsunami relief
Amma - moved by the tragedy
One of India's most famous women gurus has pledged a billion rupees ($23m) to help survivors of the Asian tsunami.

Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma or Mother, says the money will be used to rebuild homes destroyed in the disaster.

Her charitable trust says each new house will consist of two rooms, a kitchen, a small veranda and a toilet.

The news came as India's government said the disaster had left at least 9,571 dead and 5,914 missing.

Temporary shelters

"Amma is moved and anguished by the colossal tragedy," a spokeswoman for her trust told the Associated Press news agency.

The trust's website says that as thousands of people in southern India have been made homeless, work has already begun on building temporary shelters to house some of them until the new homes are completed.

It says that it is allocating $23 (1,000 rupees) to each family in the Amritapuri area who had a home that was destroyed.

Children have been hard hit in the disaster
Correspondents say that the money pledged is higher than the amount promised by many international aid groups and business leaders.

The trust owns 10 acres of land where the temporary homes will be built, and says its relief work will not in any way interfere with the government's efforts.

It has also announced that free education and counselling will be provided to those children who have lost both parents in the tragedy.

Mata Amritanandamayi is best known for hugging people as a form of blessing and therapy.

She is estimated to have to have hugged at least 21 million people in the past 30 years.

Her trust - which provides homes, schools and medical care - operates in 15 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The international community has so far pledged more than two billion dollars in disaster aid, but the UN has warned that some nations and donors may not honour their promises.

"At the end of the day we will not receive all of it," UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday.

 
At January 5, 2005 at 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tsunami aid: Who's giving what.

Donations of money and assistance have been pouring in to international aid agencies from governments and individuals in the wake of the tsunami disaster in Asia.

Here is a breakdown of more than $3bn in aid pledged so far:

Countries in the region

India
The Indian military is staging its biggest relief operation ever in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia. This involves at least 16,000 troops, 32 navy ships, 41 aircraft including at least 16 helicopters, several medical teams and a mobile hospital. The air force has so far lifted 10,000 tonnes of relief supplies.

Bangladesh
Bangladesh has dispatched 111 soldiers to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with a further 46 expected to join them. Two planes and two helicopters will carry the troops together with aid supplies.

Pakistan
Pakistan is sending 500 military staff in medical and engineering teams to Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Countries outside the sub-continent.

Australia
5m (£400m) to Indonesia over five years. Donations from the public total $58m. About 350 military staff, four military helicopters, a troop transport ship, a military health support team and a water purification plant are being sent to Indonesia, as well as a team of volunteer medical professionals.

Germany
Berlin has now increased its aid pledge to $674m. Germany is also sending a mobile hospital to Aceh and a military ship with two helicopters, aid supplies, water treatment equipment and an operating theatre on board. The public have donated an estimated $200m.

Japan
$500m in government donations, 120 civilian emergency workers sent to tsunami-hit countries.

USA
$350m in government donations, plus military assistance involving 12,600 personnel, 21 ships, 14 cargo planes and more than 90 helicopters. Private donations are also pouring in, with $120m donated to the US branches of the Red Cross, Oxfam and Save the Children, and to Catholic Relief Services.

Asian Development Bank
ASB has pledged up to $325m to be made available immediately to help finance reconstruction and rehabilitation work after receiving requests from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

World Bank
$250m diverted from existing programmes to cover emergency needs while longer-term reconstruction needs are assessed.

IMF
The International Monetary Fund has said it is ready to offer up to $1bn in financial assistance through its Emergency Natural Disaster Assistance facility to the affected countries.

Norway
$182m in government donations, plus $30m raised in private donations.


FROM THE WORLD'S POOREST
Russian town of Beslan - scene of a bloody school siege last year - pledged 1m roubles ($36,000) from the fund set up after the mass hostage-taking
Mozambique - one of the world's poorest nations - has donated $100,000
North Korea has pledged $150,000 in aid
Nepal and East Timor have also promised donations
Britain
$94m in government donations, plus $146m in private donations which the government has pledged to match. Two RAF planes, a C-17 and a Tristar, are helping to deliver aid to the region. Tony Blair has also offered to send 120 Ghurkas to Indonesia but this was rejected by Jakarta. Chancellor Gordon Brown is pushing a proposal for the debts of the affected nations to be frozen.

Italy
$95m in government aid. Six to eight police forensics specialists have been sent to Thailand to help to identify bodies. Public donations totalling $20m had been collected by New Year's Day.

Sweden
$80m in government donations, plus $60m in private donations including money raised during two telethons.

Denmark
$75m in government aid. Copenhagen has sent a field hospital, transport vehicles and a ship to the UN aid effort, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

Spain
$68m in government donations, and a medical team has been sent to Sri Lanka.

France
$66m in government donations, plus an estimated $49m raised in private donations. A medical team has been sent to Sri Lanka.

Canada
$66m in government donations, plus at least $29m raised in private donations with a government commitment to match every dollar donated by the public. Ottawa has already placed a moratorium on debt from the affected countries. It is also deploying its highly-specialised Disaster Assistance Response Team to Sri Lanka.

China
$60m in government donations, plus $1.8m donated to the Chinese Red Cross.

South Korea
$50m in government aid. The prime minister's office said the funds would be spend for rehabilitation of the devastated areas over the next three years. Private donations have reached nearly $13m, the South Korean foreign ministry says.

Taiwan
$50m in government aid. Taiwan has also sent its medical teams to work in Aceh.

Netherlands
$34m has been donated by the government and aid groups say a further $35m has been raised in private donations. A Dutch police identification team has been sent to Thailand.

European Union
$31m in aid, although EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner has said this may be increased by tens of millions of euros.

Saudi Arabia
$30m in government aid - tripling the amount it had initially pledged. The oil-rich country is also organising a telethon to raise more funds.

Qatar
$25m in government aid. Qatar is also sending food, medical and logistical supplies to affected countries.

 
At January 6, 2005 at 4:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MORE UPDATES FROM RSS
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Relief work in Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Sangh Swayamsevaks


Andaman and Nicobar consists of 572 Islands in which 32 islands are inhabitant, as per 2001 census total population of the Islands is 3,56,152 . Worst hit by Tsunami waves is Nicobar group Islands (Nancowry, Car Nicobar) .Three Relief camps were set up in Port Blair city 1172 swayamsevaks are engaged in these camps to provide food , medicines water and clothes to the effected . Since 29th more than 2500 victims were accommodated in these camps . Seva Bharati is providing all sorts of Medical Assistance to all these camps along with Doctors .

7 Relief camps were set up outside Port Blair in which 1134 people have taken shelter

Food , clothes , medicine, blankets, water, utensils and daily usable goods have been provided .

It is worth mentioning that Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram is working for people without any difference of Religion, caste and creed providing food and shelter to Christian and Muslim communities. Sangh and its inspired organizations like Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Vidya Bharati , Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Seva Bahrati, Vivekananada Kendra , BJP are providing all sorts of help to the Tsunami effected people .

RSS proposes for the establishment of temporary community settlement in the areas adopted by sangh a group of 25 people be provided with utensils , cooking equipments and grocery materials. Books and educational kits to students .

After relocation and reallocation of areas by the Administration we will adopt areas and families to rehabilitate them with the assistance of Administration .

The entire rehabilitation work will be executed under the banner – “DWEEP PEEDIT SAHAYATA SAMITY”

Any person or organization desires to help in the form of money the draft should be drawn in favour of “ HEDGEWAR SAMARAK PARISHAD” PORT BLAIR .

 
At January 10, 2005 at 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faith, flesh and fury - By Sandhya Jain

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Faith, flesh and fury

by Sandhya Jain

As 2004 bowed out, snarling with apocalyptic fury, citizens living
or holidaying along the Indian coastline found unexpected islands of
hope and refuge as unseen powers stepped in to save lives apparently
destined for burial at sea. The picaresque Vivekananda Rock in the
middle of the sea off Kanyakumari, hit by 40-feet-high Tsunami waves
on 26 December, imperilled almost 2,000 lives, including around
hundred children. As frissons of shock and terror caused stampedes,
Swami Vivekanand's serene statue mediated between life and death.
Ferocious waves struck the statue for two hours, but could not get
those sheltering behind; who were later rescued (Times News Network,
27 December 2004).

Miraculous instances of total control of the raging waters were
noticed along the Chennai coastline, where Hindu temples stood tall
and protected people and even other structures. By all accounts
there was heavy devastation in Marina, Santhome, and Foreshore
Estate; desolation at Neelangarai; ruin at Kovalam. Yet there was a
strange calm at Besant Nagar, where people were saved by the
Ashtalakshmi Temple, built at the instance of the late Paramacharya
of Kanchi, who consecrated it with the words: "The purpose of
constructing this Ashtalakshmi Temple is to save the people living
in the land areas from the fury of the sea waves. No harm will
befall anyone living in this region from the vagaries of the sea."

At Besant Nagar itself, the famous Rathnagirishwarar Temple was
built along the coast after the Paramacharya pointed to the spot
saying: "There is a Swayambhu Lingam inside." The people dug, found
the lingam, and the temple came up. The Arupadai Veedu Temple of
Lord Murugan also stands on the seashore in Besant Nagar, having
come up at the instance of Shankaracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati
and Swami Vijayendra Saraswati. Despite the proximity of these
temples to the sea, not a drop of water entered their premises; they
saved hundreds of people who took refuge in them.

On the Cuddalore coast, thousands were swallowed up by the tsunami,
but almost 4,000 fishermen from twenty villages in the Chidambaram
region had a providential escape as they had gone for the
annual "Arudra Darshan" of the famous Nataraja Mandir to pull the
Lord's chariot, as per tradition. Returning to find their villages
ravaged beyond recognition, a fisherman said there was no impact
inside the Chidambaram Mandir, and that the community was saved by
the grace of Nataraja (Eenadu, December 31, 2004).

At Kovalam, the Kannikaparameshwari Temple stood resolutely within
500 metres of the sea, and kept the waters firmly at bay. The
Goddess saved hundreds of children who sang soul-stirring bhajans as
the sea raged, as other areas of Kovalam were devastated.


My purpose in narrating such instances - as have come to my notice -
is to highlight the Indian media's animosity towards Hindu dharma
and its deliberate policy of ignoring such major acts of divine
intervention, which literally saved thousands of lives, while
playing up individual cases of escape from the fury of the elements.
Another shameful media omission is the complete refusal to
acknowledge the sterling service being provided by thousand RSS
volunteers in nine major Tsunami-hit centres. While RSS is not alone
in rushing food, medicines and clothing to the victims, it is the
only organisation undertaking the more difficult task of the
disposal of the dead, and several thousand bodies have been given
respectable funerals already.

In sharp contrast, many proselytising agencies are viewing the
tsunami tragedy as an opportunity to promote their agenda, and it is
just as well the Indian Government has refused to permit foreign
adoptions of orphans. KP Yohannan, president, Gospel for Asia, says
his organisation is working in India, Sri Lanka and other affected
nations, to minister to those suffering both physically and
spiritually. With the Vatican pledging $6 million, one shudders to
think what price will be extracted for this charity. Dr Ajith
Fernando, the "Billy Graham of Sri Lanka", has been reported
saying: "We have prayed and wept for our nation for many years. The
most urgent of my prayers has always been that my people would turn
to Jesus. I pray that this terrible, terrible tragedy might be used
by God to break through into the lives of many of our people."

Such shameful quid pro quo is alien to our spiritual tradition.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati's AIM for Sewa and several other Hindu
bodies are engaged in outstanding relief work. Mata Amritanandamayi,
who personally led 15,000 devotees to safety when the waves hit, has
announced a Rs 100 crore relief package and offered to adopt all
orphaned children in Kerala. Far from aggrandising herself, she is
seeking coordination with the State Government which has not been
able to raise even Rs 25 crore in this massive rehabilitation effort.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, bete noire of Indian
secularists, reacted with exemplary speed, with his Crisis
Management Group meeting even before the Centre's CMG. Modi was the
first to send condolences to the Governments of Thailand, Sumatra
and Indonesia. By afternoon the same day, he finished stocktaking
and had two planeloads of relief material ready. He also displayed
sensitivity in selecting Tamil-speaking officers to coordinate with
the Tamil Nadu Government, Malayalam-speaking officers for Kerala,
and similarly with the Andamans, and had the presence of mind to
change the relief material from kurta-pyjama to lungi-shirt. And
even as the Centre's Disaster Management team was surveying the
damage, he selected 67 highly affected talukas and appointed 67
officers to look after them in collaboration with local voluntary
organisations.

Given this wonderful native energy, I endorse Mr Manmohan Singh's
decision to shun foreign aid, though this has annoyed Western
diplomatic missions immensely. India has suffered great humiliation
while taking foreign aid in the past, particularly during the
Gujarat earthquake and the Orissa supercyclone. In Orissa, European
aid agencies pontificated upon the State's poor infrastructure
instead of focusing on relief. During the Gujarat earthquake, the
Japanese rushed to test the water in affected areas and declared it
undrinkable, instead of providing relief. These experiences upset
the Indian Government, besides which a cost-benefit analysis showed
foreign aid to be inadequate and not worth the bother.
Interestingly, countries demanding access for relief teams to
distribute material relief - which India does not lack - are
unwilling to make cash donations to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.

Clearly they only want access to the sensitive coastal regions. But
there are sound logistical and security reasons for refusing foreign
aid. Government sources say that after ensuring visas for the aid
workers, they have also to provide them security and living
environments similar to what they enjoy back home, which is hardly
the priority of a hard-stretched administration in disaster-struck
areas. Moreover, with the tsunamis having hit some strategic assets,
the Government is keen to contain negative reportage in the wake of
the flooding of the Kalpakkam nuclear complex. Certain Western
nations are also notorious for conducting espionage activities in
times of vulnerability.

Already in neighbouring Sri Lanka, around 1,500 US marines are
landing - ostensibly to provide emergency relief. They are expected
to be based in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Amparai (in the East) and Galle,
where they will set up command and control facilities. India is
already concerned that internationalisation of Sri Lankan relief
efforts may impact upon its geo-strategic environment.

 
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