Cyclone Gaja 2018 – a snapshot

  • 10 districts affected – Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Dindigul, Trichy, Karur, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Cuddalore
  • 57 people have lost their lives
  • 3,78,109 people were put up in 556 relief camps
  • 12,298 cattle and 92,507 birds dead
  • 3,41,820 housing units damaged (2,78,824 huts and 62.996 tiled houses)
  • 11,21,686 trees felled
  • 88,102 hectares of agricultural and horticultural lands affected
  • Coconut trees in 30,000 hectares affected and paddy cultivation impacted in 32,706 hectares
  • Completely damaged boats 1419, partially damaged boats 2625
  • 1,03,508 electric poles and 886 transformers damaged

Bhoomika’s Relief Efforts

Back home: Distributed tarpaulins, bedsheets and sleeping mats to 1000 families in Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts

Bhoomika approaches each disaster based on quick analysis of what is required- taking into account the kind of disaster, established contact with officials to understand how Government Agencies respond and what civilian initiatives are created and where lies the gap. Bhoomika realised that the impact of the cyclone causing the roof to fly off or fall, especially thatched roof huts meant that, they needed some protection to go back home. The priority relief material would be food, water and shelter. The immediate reactions from communities around, is to provide food and rations to cook. With its strong Public distribution system in place Government has the capacity to support this extensively. Hence Bhoomika’s focus on tarpaulins for affected families by getting the youth in the villages to help put up the tarpaulins that were provided through our donors.