Gaja cyclone relief by Adyar residents

Adyar Friends Team – a team of friends led by Veeramani, proprietor of VJ Tailors, Adyar, T.V.T. Danasekaran, Secretary, NGO AMURT, Adyar (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) and R. Visvajith Dev collected money and relief materials from friends and parents of IIT Vanavani School and distributed them in 4 villages Kothamanglam, Vanniyanviduthi, Koozhayankadu and Ariyapatti of Pudukottai District on Nov.21 and 22 immediately after the cyclone.

Second phase of relief works like distributing blankets, mats, from AMURT Global Network is in progress at Pudukottai and volunteers take turns and visit the cyclone hit areas. “The damage created by the cyclone is devastating and many of them don’t even have mats to sleep at night. We have obtained permission to prepare food at a government school in Vanniyanviduthi village and with the help of NGO AMURT, we are distributing lunch and dinner food packets to about 1800 people every day in the affected villages,” says Veeramani who is still at Pudukottai coordinating relief works along with his wife Seevagamani and children.

Veeramani can be reached at 90943 70889. Danasekaran of AMURT can be reached at 91782 73419.

Soon after the severe Gaja cyclone, a team of 40 vendors from Marundeeswarar Market Complex, led by P.Vetri rushed to Thambikottai village in Thanjavur district and distributed 5kg rice bag, drinking water, grocery and vegetables to families stranded in camps.

Consecutively they distributed relief materials in 5 other villages near Thambikottai and expressed their solidarity during the dire situation. Vetri can be reached at 70101 38263.

Thiruvanmiyur based Arise Charitable Trust sent a team of seven volunteers on Nov. 27 to distribute food, water, blankets, clothes and grocery to the victims of cyclone affected Vedaranyam and Nagapattinam districts. Stranded villages located in the interiors like Vizhunthambadi, Kizh puthupalli, Mel puthupalli, MGR Nagar, Palli theru puthupalli , Pushpavanam meenavar colony, Vellapulam meenavar colony, and Kovilpattu were covered. Karthik and Dr. Bala Jayaprasad from Arise personally consoled the victims and also distributed Ayurveda medicines in the villages.

They are still collecting relief materials – tarpaulin, mat, bed sheet, biscuits, milk-powder, tea, coffee, vegetables, water, candle, mosquito coil, napkin, clothes, towel, umbrella, and stationery.” We are planning to distribute them in Pinnavasal village in Peravuranai taluk and Setiyakadu village in Pattukotai taluk,” says Nimmi of Arise Charitable Trust. Materials can be dropped at 22, Kalakshetra Road, Thiruvanmiyur. For details contact Prema at 98416 72122 and Chitra at 72999 12899.