Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Latest from Tamilnadu, India

Update as of January 4, 2004

Mr. C. Umashankar, IAS officer and co-ordinator of VIDE's relief efforts in
Tamilnadu has affirmed that the first shipment of near-term relief consisting of
relief provision kits have been shipped to Tiruvarur district from where it will be
distributed to various relief camps in Nagapattinam District ( the worst-hit district in the southern state of Tamilnadu, India ). Please visit VIDE Picture Gallery for the pictures of the relief kits being loaded and
associated invoices.

Each relief kit contains :

  • Potable drinking water with container (35 litre mineral water with container)
  • Blankets at least two blankets per family.
  • Milk powder for feeding the infants 1 kg
  • Dry food item cornflakes
  • Sugar 1 kg
  • Kerosene stove one with 5 litres kerosene
  • Essential medicines


Mr. Umashankar mentioned that many of the merchants and vendors in Chennai gave deep
discounts for the purchase of relief materials in Chennai. He also mentioned that
ARC Parcel Service in Chennai graciously agreed to waive all transport charges for
the consignment. We thank the merchants and ARC parcel service for their generosity.
Please visit VIDE for latest updates.

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