The earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Indian Ocean on December 26th, 2004 had a devastating effect on India. According to the Indian government, almost 11,000 people died in the tsunami and over 5,000 are missing and feared dead. It is estimated that 380,000 Indians have been displaced by the disaster and reconstruction is expected to cost more than 1.2 billion dollars. The areas hardest hit by the tsunami were the southeastern coast and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
When Tsunami hit the Southern coasts of India in 2001, thousands of volunteers under the aegis of the Seva Bharati, engaged in relief work. The volunteers, in cooperation with organisations like Ramakrishna Mutt in Tamil Nadu, Nair Service Society, Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Paripalana Yogam and Mata Amrithanandamayi Mutt in Kerala and Janakshema Samiti in Andhra Pradesh, setup relief camps in Tsunami affected districts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They distributed thousands of food packets, organised teams doctors and cremated thousands of dead bodies.
How much money was raised?
What did we fund?
By April 2005, £300,000 had been collected by Sewa UK, which was divided equally to fund rehabilitation projects in Sri Lanka and India. In India, we agreed to fund three projects and in Sri Lanka, we committed to the building of houses in 5 villages.