Thane Cyclone Response Program

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Thane named by Burma, was the strongest tropical cyclone of 2011. The Cyclone resulted in uprooting of trees and debris dumped all over. The severe cyclonic storm has claimed 40 lives in Tamil Nadu. Besides Cuddalore, deaths have been reported from Villupuram, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chennai and Theni. Seven people died in Puducherry. The cyclone has resulted in extensive damage with the loss being estimated at over Rs 2,000 crore.

This emergency project was launched dated 15th Feb ’12 as a response to minimize the after affects of Thane Cyclone in association with Concern Worldwide. In this regards 4 villages were selected and finalized after consultation and verification by the Concern Team. The village selection was done considering the factors like level of damage, socio- economic condition of the village, living condition of the villagers etc. Proper need analysis was done before these villages were selected and finalized. A village level apex body was created comprising of members from Panchayat and Youth groups. The apex body members were selected based on their interest levels and managerial capabilities. The next step was identification of beneficiaries and segregating them as partial and fully damaged status, based on their house damage verification.

Thereafter the program component of Unconditional cash transfer distributed at the village level. The apex body acted as a monitoring team in this regard. The next component was construction of fully damaged houses at all project locations. The process was initiated in a phased manner starting with villages of Alapakkam and Kuruwanmedu and then to Pudhunagar and Varakalpattu. Throughout the process the apex body was involved, to ensure transparency of operations.

Mapping exercises were conducted by ccfid staffs to map the need of partial damaged houses. The materials were thereafter distributed for repairing of these partial damaged houses. The repairing work was done by the beneficiaries themselves.  The Cash for work component was paid to the dalit beneficiaries as payment towards house repairing.

Total of 532 beneficiaries were supported through this program wherein 131 non- dalits and 401 dalit families benefitted.