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Cyclone Gaja destruction in Tamil Nadu - An appeal to the Michigan Indian Community to help

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On November 16th 2018 killer cyclone Gaja made landfall on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu.  News reports indicate that the damage caused to life and property is severe.  The beautiful farming and fishing villages in the areas around Vedaranyam, Velankanni, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai and Thanjavur have been severely affected. 

Winds in excess of 140 KM (90 miles) have brought down homes, electric poles and trees throughout the area.  Road connectivity has also been impaired.   News reports are now trickling in with more reports on the extent of damage.

Here is the update from local Michigan residents with friends and family in the affected areas:

Direct information Damaged areas have no electricity or drinking water. Thousands of homes have been destroyed (only concrete structures have survived. Help is needed to provide survival kits (water, biscuits, napkins etc), equipment to cut the trees and hand-operated water pumps.  Coconut farms with mature trees have been flattened. Fishermen have all lost their livelihood because their boats have been destroyed. It will take a lot of effort and time for the residents to get back on their feet.

They need our help. Individuals and Non-Governmental organizations are now engaged in the relief efforts to ensure that relief is rendered fast. 



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