The CRY operational area, Vyasarpadi has been largely affected by the recent Chennai floods. The area was submerged in neck deep water for the first 5 days and it continued to see stagnant water for many days. Power supply was restored in Vyasarpadi only after 8 days on Dec 9th. Mobile networks were all down for 4 days thus cutting off all forms of communication and transportation. People have lost all their belongings including important documents like PDS cards, school certificates, etc. Childrens’ school books and other materials are also completely washed out. While 4 cases of death are known, the death toll is yet to be analyzed in the area. The current situation is a warning for epidemics of water-borne illnesses and disease outbreaks. Despite the deplorable situation of the families in those slums, very little help has reached them from the state authorities.
CRY has been involved in providing the following support to the families and children in those communities:
Household Kits : Household Relief Kits and Hygiene Kits were given to 600 families in those communities. The kit included clothes, food and utensils
Medical camp: Sewage water has flooded homes in this area, and there is high risk of disease such as dermal fungal infections, acute coryza, Nasopharyngitis and viral fever. Medical camps were organized on Nov 22nd and Dec 12th . where in 198 children & 156 women(approx) received medical attention.
CRY will continue to work towards providing relief to 1750 households in the area and restoring normalcy in the lives of affected families and children.
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