Relief and rescue: CADRE India's response
As soon as they heard of the disaster, CADRE- India volunteers rushed to Alikkal, PillaiThoppu, Malay Manakkudy, Kelay Manakkudy, Vaniyakkudy, Kottilppadu, Kurumbani, Kadiyapattanam, Muttom, Simon colony and Colachal. In the worst hit disaster condition, CADRE India tried its best to respond to the situation. It went by its core principles of grass root action and networking. And started rendering services in terms of relief material distribution, sorting of relief material, assessment, meeting and interacting with the traumatized victims and peer counseling. CADRE- India facilitated several voluntary groups to move to affected areas and render useful services.
Volunteers from Service Civil International (SCI), helped with assessing the needs of the fishermen. Student volunteers from St. Josephs HS School worked on distribution of medicines, food and other relief material. New clothes and blankets were distributed to affected fishermen families. Within the first two weeks of the relief work, CADRE - India volunteers realized the troubles of the non-fishing families, especially agricultural laborers, who although affected were not getting much relief material. Clothes were distributed to the agricultural land-less laborers in Kottilpadu and Colachal a small hamlet inhabited predominantly by Dalits.