MSF emergency response in Tamil Nadu

Soon after severe spells of rain flooded Chennai on December 2, 2015, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams began assessment in the affected areas. After a detailed assessment of the needs in Cuddalore district, hygiene and shelter kits were distributed at three sites in Nanjnur, Mellanadnumbur and Shivayam of the Chidambaram tehsil, Cuddalore district.

MSF response teams set out to distribute 500 hygiene kits (washing powder, soap, sanitary pads, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush etc.), 500 shelter kits (ground mats, plastic sheets, blankets etc.) and 1000 mosquito nets among one of the most marginalised populations in the area. Majority of this population was displaced during the floods as their mud houses suffered huge damage. Distribution also took place in the primary school in Nanjnur where the displaced population took refuge for a few days while they started to move back to their houses as the water started to recede. 


MSF assessment team in a village affected by floods in the Kerrapalyam Block, Cuddalore.




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