Chennai is now battling the after effects of the torrential rains, seen as the worst that the city has experienced in the last 100 years. CRY's intervention area in Vyasarpadi, Chennai is one of the largest slums in Tamil Nadu and is seriously affected. The situation of children is alarming there. Sewage water has flooded homes and risk of disease is high. Food and rations are scarce and drinking water is unavailable. There is therefore an urgent need to address their immediate needs.
CRY's intervention area in Vyasarpadi is completely submerged.Water has entered all houses and has destroyed all belongings of the people.All families and children have moved to the open highway, nearby bridges and upper parts of the buildings in the area to escape the water. Drinking water has become unavailable and the water in the taps has become contaminated. Food supplies have run out completely and access to the same in shops is not possible and most importantly not affordable.
In the aftermath of the floods, CRY and its partner is working in co-ordination with the local civic authorities and agencies to provide support and relief to hundreds of children and their families. Efforts are underway to drain out the flood and sewage waters from homes and to provide basic ration and drinking water. Our aim is to ensure that children in flood-affected areas can access their right to health and education in a safe environment.
Our relief programme will focus on addressing immediate heath related issues: restoring the normalcy of school going children's education and reducing potential drop-out rates; restoring normalcy of anganwadis; advocacy with local civic authorities and the Child Rights commission / education and health departments. Although our current operations in the area centre on immediate relief and safety, CRY will work on a long-term rehabilitation plan that will ensure that children are safe, healthy an