With torrential rains breaking a 100 year record, the devastating floods in Chennai put the country in grief. Hundreds lost their lives, while thousands lost their livelihood, their property and much more. This has been one of the worst floods in the state of all times. Survival became a struggle for the victims as the city became waterlogged, homes were flooded and people started running out of supplies of basic necessities including water, milk and food.
Smile Foundation’s Disaster Response team was on ground the first week itself and has been actively working in Chennai, aiding first with the rescue and relief operations.
With the help of 10 NGO partners and a cadre of over 500 dedicated volunteers, the Phase I has been successfully concluded, with 756,000 liters of packaged water and 40,000 kg of dry food, having been distributed to more than 100,000 affected families. The team is now busy with rehabilitation efforts in Phase II, with a focus on addressing the urgent healthcare needs of the survivors.
In a post-flood situation, health becomes a critical issue. In view of the immediate medical needs of the survivors, and to prevent an outbreak of epidemics which is common after a flood disaster, health camps and mobile hospitals have been deployed in the worst hit areas. The camps are providing basic health check-ups, medical diagnosis, pathological test facilities, and free of cost medicines to the affected families.
The situation is so critical that while under normal circumstances a mobile hospital and Smile Health Camps conduct 100 OPDs per day; currently they are providing health services to more than 800 people every single day.
There is a need to educate people on the after effects of such disasters and how they can keep themselves safe .Thus, along with health camps, interactive activities and discussions are being held to spread awareness among communities.
As per the need assessment done by our Disaster Response team on ground, water contamination was identified as a major issue, and a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases was detected. Hence our first priority was to mobilize safe drinking water in large quantity, along with dry and packaged food.
The Smile team and volunteers on ground faced various challenges like continuous rains, broken transportation and communication networks, power cuts and water logging, but with support from Pepsi Co., they were able to procure more than 100 trucks of water and food and achieved the target of benefitting 100,000 families in a short span of time.
|1.||756,000 liters of packaged Aquafina water and 40,000 kg of dry food (including Quaker Oats) distributed|
|2.||More than 500 volunteers and over 100 trucks of relief material were mobilised within 10 days|
|3.||12 distribution points (hubs) were created including Urapakkam, Ambattur, Old Washermen Pet, Rayapuram, Surabhi Shelter Home, Issa Pallavaram, Madhavaram, Plalikiranai, Old Pallavaram, Pattinapakkam, Aavadi and Kundrathur. Each distribution point catered to 8-10 sub locations.|
|List of Locations Covered|
|S. No.||Area & Sub-Areas Covered|
|3.||Old washermen pet|
|5.||Surabhi shulter home|
|8.1||Melai balagi Nagar|
|10.7||Anna Sathya Nagar|
Smile Foundation volunteer aids the relief efforts in Kainigaon village of Nawakot District, Nepal
Smile Foundation's team along with local volunteers and villagers charts out the relief possiblities
The Laprak village of Gorkha district has been completely flattened and is one of the remotest villages, accessible only through army helicopters
Truck load of relief material including ration stock for families ready for distribution
Smile volunteers unloading relief material in Kathmandu with help of Nepal Army
Volunteers from Smile Foundation helping families set up the newly provided shelters