The recent “Nilam” cyclone leaves a trail of misery, destruction and destitution in the Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu, which is around 300 Kms from Chennai. Lashing rain and stormy wind persisted for three days from 29th to 31st October 2012 leaving a trail of submerged paddy fields, inundated homes and relocation of thousands to community shelters. Over 81000 hectares of agricultural land have been submerged under water.
Sri Ramakrishna Math undertook relief work is 2 phases.
Phase 1: Twelve villages have been identified as the worst affected and primary relief was extended to 10250 people by providing cooked food twice a day. Besides this children have been provided with biscuits and milk.
Phase 2: A packet containing 1 saree, 1 dhoti, 2 towels and a bed sheet were distributed to 2100 worst affected families.
The total amount spent on this relief work was Rs.16.25 lakhs.