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Thursday 6 January 2005

Appeal from Gagandeep Singh Bedi, District Collector, Cuddalore District, Tamilnadu, India

After the initial shock and the painstaking process of immediate rescue and relief we are in the process of rebuilding the lives of lakhs of victims of the tsunami waves. In the district of Cuddalore alone, a population of 99704, have been affected. 608 victims lost their lives and 12000 houses have been damaged. The livelihood of the fishermen community is another pressing issue at hand, as we have lost 4500 registered boats/ catamarans to the tsunami disaster, the loss to unregistered boats is much more. The immediate challenge before us is to rehabilitate 15000 active fishermen in the District.
We require tremendous participation from the civil society in this regard. As on date we have 3500 re-inforced plastic boats with outboard motors and gill nets. One such boat costs 1,50,000 and can aid 3 active fishermen. It is my appeal to assist us by the way of boats, fishing accessories and houses.

Gagandeep Singh Bedi,
District Collector,
Cuddalore District

Office: 230992
Home: 230666
STD: 04142

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Anonymous Anonymous said :

I'm writing for a magazine published by Tzuchi, one of the largest humanitarian organization by Chinese. The magazine is often used as a supporting evidence why readers from all over the world needs to fund relief efforts like this. I will be travelling to Pondicherry and covering Cuddalore, especially the plight of the fishermen. If you can get me in contact with your ground relief volunteers in these areas, it will be excellent, as I will be indirectly highlighting your work as well. I think a lot of times, money pours into western aid agencies because they have easier access to international media. We are doing our part to counter this imbalance.

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Thu Jan 06, 04:42:00 PM IST