Siddharth’s 10 commandmentsPublished: December 9, 2015
After visiting flood-hit areas in Cuddalore with his like-minded friends and helping out the victims, Siddharth, who is keeping himself busy with relief works ever since the rains hit Tamil Nadu, is now back in Chennai.
With lot of confusion prevailing among volunteers as to how go about with relief works, Siddharth has come out with 10 recommendations, or ‘Learnings’ as he puts it. Here are they:
1.Send bedding and blankets, Mosquito coil.
2.Send smaller trucks that can go on kuchha roads.
3.Identify groups that are addressing the hard to reach hamlets.
4.Prioritize small villages away from main road.
5.Do not use relief labels or banners on trucks. They be will be attacked.
6.Find local teams that have police support.
7.Do not send provisions unless you know where they will be cooked and served.
8.Cuddalore needs help. It doesn’t need panic. Doesn’t need stockpiling of unnecessary items or over supplying some places.
9.We went to 15 villages. Many of these were described as drowning, starving, unserviced on social media. NOT TRUE.
10.Do not comment on Cuddalore from outside. There are places that are struggling. Do not confuse relief work. Be concerned. Not dramatic.