The Nivar cyclone has caused torrential flooding, driving 175,000 people from their homes. People in the hardest hit districts of Chennai and Cuddalore have sent desperate SOS messages to VOICE Trust seeking emergency relief. In the immediate aftermath, this project will fund the distribution of emergency food relief and roof tarpaulins to as many of those in need as possible. Next, we will work to rebuild by funding housing repairs and providing agricultural support to those facing crop loss.
Tamil Nadu is one of the world's regions hardest hit by climate change: Each year, there are more cyclones and heavier rains, while more severe droughts during the dry season make the soil less permeable, leading to increased flooding. Cyclone Nivar has pounded areas still recovering from previous storms, and wiped out farms that were helping farmers devastated by the COVID-19 restrictions to survive. The number of people driven from their homes rises daily.
Right now, our emergency rations are feeding those driven from their homes in areas where stores and markets have been flooded out. With your help, bedding rolls will give those who have fled with only the clothes on their back a safe place to sleep. Tarps over destroyed roofs will allow some to return home, and the cooking equipment and groceries we give them to replace what they have lost will allow them to start cooking for themselves again.
With your help, we hope to give people the strength and the means to begin rebuilding their lives. Emergency food relief and medical kits will safeguard the health and well being of those impacted by Cyclone Nivar as we mobilize resources for longer-term recovery. If our fundraising efforts are successful, we will rebuild homes destroyed by the cyclone and seed new agricultural practices that will create greater security as Tamil Nadu faces the mounting impacts of climate change.