On November 16, Cyclone Gaja hit Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India, killing 46 people and leaving 370,000 homeless, according to government reports.
Six weeks on the full impact of the destruction, which has seen 340,000 houses destroyed across the Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts and the complete devastation of fertile farming land, is still being assessed.
What’s more, this cyclone has come less than three months after the region was subject to some of the worst monsoon rains in recent history. Over 800,000 people in the neighboring state of Kerala were displaced by flooding.
As we’re located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s capital city, everyone at Sitel Chennai has been deeply affected by this tragedy and, as when the floods hit Kerala, we’ve been doing what we can to help the community return to some sense of normality.
With funding from the organization and direct help and contributions from our employees we have so far managed to donate over 750kg of rice, 15 kg of powdered milk and 70 kg of Dal. To ensure these, plus other donated relief materials including tarpaulin sheets, toiletries and mosquito protection reach the people that need them most, we are working with local NGO Uyithuli for distribution.
We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our employees for their continued generosity and for getting so firmly behind another good cause; and we hope that the situation for those affected across Tamil Nadu improves soon.