Chennai Flood Relief

Shobana Vetrivel   |   December 6, 2015 


We want to give our readers an opportunity to support the relief work in Chennai, other parts of Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh that have been affected by floods. Below is some information from World Vision India who are working on the ground to provide food and other essential items.

Estimated number of people affected

  • 200,000+ people displaced and 67.8+ million people affected by the South India Floods
  • More than 3 million people have been cut off from basic services
  • The Army and the National Disaster Response Force have rescued more than 7,000 people.
Tamil Nadu
  • The death toll rises; claiming over 269 dead in Tamil Nadu.
  • Chennai, Thirruvallur, Kanchipuram, Vellupuram, Cuddalore are the worst affected areas by the floods.
  • As per the government's initial assessment reports, the state of Tamil Nadu has suffered damages worth Rs. 8481 crore (approx. $1278 million USD).
  • Widespread damages to government infrastructure, houses, roads, bridges, storm water drainage systems, water supply systems and electricity supply systems. In rural areas, standing crops and agricultural lands have been severely damaged.
  • As per the IAG Joint Rapid Needs Assessment - over 20,000 hectares of agricultural land affected, 25000 huts damaged and 20 breaches in 10 lakes. Around 30 temporary relief centres are catering to more than 30000 people.
 Andhra Pradesh
  • The floods claim 54 lives in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Chittoor, Kadappa and Nellore are the main districts affected by the floods. Nellore being the worst affected.
  • Total number of villages affected - 1925
  • State has experienced flood related damages worth Rs.3000 crores (approx. $453 million USD) overall.
  • 35,715 hectares of agricultural land and 2000 acres of Aqua culture ponds damaged. Agricultural related damages alone worth Rs.1250 crores (approx. $189 million USD).
  • More than 81,000 people evacuated to relief camps.

Immediate Needs

  • Cooked Food
  • Dry Ration
  • Temporary Shelter materials/kits
  • Non Food Items - Utensils, mats, mosquito nets, clothes, blankets
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Medical support

World Vision India has received written permission from government authorities to respond to floods in Cuddalore and will be distributing NFI kits to 665 households. In Nellore, the project is planning to distribute cooked food and water to 5000 people, dry ration to 1000 families, hygiene kit to 1000 families and NFI to 1000 families.

If you want to help, please go to to make a donation towards the ongoing relief efforts in South India. Details are also available on their Facebook page.



Please do contact World Vision India if you have any questions or if you would like to donate. Our hope is to simply bring awareness and call attention to an organisation we feel is providing help during this crisis. 

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Shobana Vetrivel

Shobana Vetrivel enjoys the hustle and bustle of city life and the adventure of living in New Delhi. She has an educational background in social development and theology and has worked in both development and ministry settings. She currently works with Delhi School of Theology and is pursuing a PhD in Practical Theology. Books, travelling, theology, coffee and deep conversations are a few of her favourite things.  

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