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Flood Relief

The northeast monsoon rain, from 18th November 2005 until 24th November 2005, wreaked havoc in the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu claiming hundreds of lives and causing substantial damage to houses and local infrastructure. Over 500,000 people fled their homes or were evacuated for their own safety.

Isha Foundation immediately responded by dispatching 6 fully equipped Mobile Health Clinics to the flood relief affected areas, along with 45 Isha doctors and 350 Isha volunteers, between November 20th and December 2nd. Satellite vehicles with medical teams from the Foundation's Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR) project provided relief to victims of 87 affected villages in Cuddalore, Chidambaram and Trichy. Through the services of the Mobile Health Clinics, the 45 doctors, along with KAP Vishwanath Medical College, Trichy, distributed free medical treatment to 37,253 affected patients. Thousands of food packets including water and freshly cooked meals were distributed. Bed sheets, mats and school uniforms were further handed out to victims while milk was served to over 1000 children, twice a day, to ensure they received proper nutrition.

Having surveyed the disaster hit areas, Isha Foundation volunteers identified isolated villages which were not receiving any relief assistance. Promptly, the Foundation's doctors conducted awareness campaigns in each village, highlighting the dangers of poor sanitation and hygiene that arise with the use of flood water, in the absence of clean water sources. Witnessing the Foundation's dedicated and efficient operations in the villages, many health professionals, college students and local people came forward to offer their assistance to the Isha volunteers, working tirelessly for 12-13 hours a day.

Specially designed yoga classes which had proven to be extremely efficient for post-tsunami trauma relief, were offered to the villagers who were in a deep state of shock and helplessness, to re-establish their psychological well-being and assist in their return to normal life.

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