Tsunami relief operation of Province team
To: Rev. Fr. Antonio Pernia,
reetings from INH Province. I would like to bring to your kind notice
that the Tsunami relief operation of our Province team is right now in the
border of Tuticorin and Kanyakuamai districts of Tamil Nadu. Though the
Government of India brought to the notice of the public that there would
not be any more Tsunami catastrophe and requested the people not to be in
panicky, the Tamil Nadu State Government wanted to take precautionary
measures. Hence it had sent Government officials to make announcements in
the coastal area villages to evacuate from there immediately. The people
who were affected took the announcement seriously and we could see the
immediate effect of it. The people started moving to the near by safer
places leaving behind their belongings and we could see the real Exodus
Now it has taken a day for them to realize that there is no harm in
coming back to the village and to take possession of their belongings.
Nagapatinam, Kanyakumari and Cuddalore districts in focus:
Tsunami waves have destroyed about 150 villages which located in the
coastal areas in the above mentioned districts. More over about 42
thousand boats have been completely damaged, 80 thousand houses have been
destroyed and it is estimated that a sum of Rupees 2,400 crores could be
the loss incurred due to Tsunami catastrophe in these districts.
Coastal districts in Tamil Nadu:
There are 13 costal districts in the State of Tamil Nadu namely
Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvalur, Villupuram, Cuddalore,
Nagapatinam,Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Puthukottai, Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin,
Trinelveli and Kannyakumari. In all above said districts there are about
591 villages which are thickly populated by the fisher men and almost 8
lakhs people completely depend on fishing. Everything had to come to an
end due to the monster Tsunami waves and the people are looking forward to
re-start their lives and to someone who can give them a helping hand.
Words of appreciations are being poured in for the relief work that we
have undertaken for the Tsunami victims. The Local Ordinary of Tutucorin
diocese too send you his whole hearted thanks for taking up relief work in
his diocese His Lordship again requested us to come again to his diocese
for the second time in the last one week to carry out further relief work.
We, the Divine Word Missionaries are working in the diocese of Tuticorin
for the last couple of years and his Lordship is very happy with our work.
We would like to bring to your kind notice that We, the Divine Word
Missionaries are only one religious congregation which responded promptly
and took over the relief work. Hence with this sentiment the Local
Ordinary has invited us for the second time here.
Tsunami relief work SVD team has already visited the villages namely
Uvari, Kuduthalai, Kootapuli, Kulasekarapattinam and Eddinthakarai in
Tuticorin district and distributed food items, kitchen utensils, bedsheets,
towels and other basic amenities.
Kindly remember the people in your prayers.
Fr. Savarimuthu Devadass SVD Director, Divine Word Social
Fr. Selvam, SVD, Director, Arnold Communications
C/o Rev. Fr. Gnanaprakasam Lazar SVD Provincial Superior,