Storm Gaja

Do you know the damage that 160km/hour winds can have on a community

Storm Gaja in November 2018 affected Tamil Nadu impacting 8 different districts. Tragically 63 people died mostly in the districts of Thiruvarur, Thanjavur and Pudukottai. The infrastructure of villages was damaged with our Hope Gardens team reporting that 1,000 transformers, 201 electricity substations and 5,000 boats were destroyed. 

The impact to families was huge as thousands of small holdings and plantation were destroyed

It has been report that thousands of cattle and birds died and 18000 hectares of coconut trees were uprooted. All of this destruction along with the 56,000 hectares of crops that were destroyed has resulted in loss of income, jobs and food for communities.

Hope Garden’s Relief efforts

Archbishop Samuel worked alongside Pastor Thanjai Williams in Mannargudi identifying the key needs of those impacted. A team from Hope Gardens rented a van drove the 7 hour journey to distributed the relief materials in Pastor Thanjai William’s church premises.

What was in the relief packs?

Wonderful team work by the Bible College Students and Staff at Hope Gardens enabled 100 relief kits to be made up. They contained 5 kg of Rice, lentils, seeds, Masoor Dhall, chick peas, wheat flour, cooking oil, masala powder, biscuits, candles, towels, blankets, bucket, mugs, soap and clothes for children and adults.

Gold Milan reports back from Mannargundi:

Indeed the beneficiaries were happy about the relief materials and conveyed their heartfelt  thanks. The pastor provided us lunch and dinner and a place to rest at night. The very next morning we started our jouney back to Cumbum and reached safely in the afternoon.