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Save Delta Gaja Cyclone (Emergency Relief Required)


The Delta region of Tamil Nadu is experiencing a great calamity due to the Gaja cyclone. The affected districts are Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tiruvarur, and Ramanathapuram. More than 60 people have lost their lives due to the terrible cyclone. Over 200 livestock were dead and their carcasses are in the vicinity. More than 3.7 lakh people have been evacuated and accommodated in government run relief camps (news as on 22nd November 2018).

Many people are injured, but the timely evacuation had saved many lives. Many electrical transformers are damaged by the Cyclone which had cut the power supplies. The people are in urgent need of relief supplies especially dry food as there are families that have not eaten for days. We are also in urgent need of drinking water and medical supplies, to prevent any outbreak of epidemics.

Thanks to the general contribution of Actor Suriya and Actor Karthi to our NGO OfERR disaster management team are on the ground working in the affected districts, living with the people of the destroyed villages and helping them by cutting the fallen trees, clearing dead animal carcasses and debris, preventing the outbreak of epidemic by implementing sanitation measures and conducting medical camps. OfERR staff are using Generators to utilize the existing community water resource. Hurricane lanterns are being distributed to light the villages, which are currently enveloped in a sea of darkness.OfERR staff are working alongside the victims, encouraging community participation and carrying out community cooking. Biscuits and milk powder are being distributed to families with young children. Bed sheets, mats and mosquito coils are being given to the elderly and disabled along with food supplies.

OfERR has been rendering help with all the resources they have, but the requirements of the people are overwhelming. OfERR requests your timely aid in the form of donations or relief supplies. As we have experienced the terrible floods in 2016, the situation is similar to that for the poor people who depend on nature for their livelihood. Let us join hands to rebuild their lives. Please donate the following Relief supplies in kind. Please see the information below regarding the collection drop off points in Chennai and Trichy. If you wish to donate cash please visit OfERR website and make your donations.

Relief Material are:

  • Milk powder and biscuits
  • Food items like rice, cereals and pulses.
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Medicines
  • Clothes for men, women and children
  • Tarpaulin
  • Toiletries, towels and blankets
  • Mosquito coils


Organization for Eelam Refugee Rehabilitation, Trichy
Trichy regional office,
21, second cross street,
Ponnagar, Trichy -620001
For donations via bank transfer
please visit Donate


OfERR (Organization for Eelam Refugee Rehabilitation, Chennai
2nd Floor, No.31, Sait Colony
1st street, Egmore, Chennai 600 008


Any queries Contact
Mr. Gideon: 9840122990
Mr. Padmanaban: 9380136523
Mrs. Aheila: 9884080423

Previous Campaigns - Cyclone Vardah, December 2016

Cyclone Vardah that hit Chennai on 12 December was classified as ‘very severe’ by the MET officials and resulted in loss of life and widespread damage to people’s homes in addition to power and connectivity outages caused by extensive damages to electricity and telecom cables.
The Puzhal and Gummidipoondi refugee camps saw extensive damage and residents of interior villages in Tamil Nadu are also facing shortages of food supplies while experiencing power outages following the hurricane-strength disaster.
Please help us reach these cyclone affected families either by a donation or by dropping off any of the below supplies at the OfERR Egmore office :
– Tarpaulin sheets (20 inches by 20 inches) to drape over damaged roofs
– Blankets and sheets
– Solar torches or torches with batteries
– Emergency lamps
– Floor mats (pai)
– Candles and matches
– Dry rations: Rice 5 kg, sugar, salt, oil and dhal / thorum paruppu (1 kg each), biscuit and Maggi noodles packets etc
– Notebooks and school supplies
– Milk carton