“FXB India Suraksha is the saviour of our lives that helped me and my family during this tough time” says Poyeathu, 43, one of the women entrepreneurs from the Suraksha coir rope making unit. She is the sole bread-winner of her family and is one of the victims of a deep depression that hit the Bay of Bengal, bringing heavy rains to the coastal district of Villupuram and Cuddalore in Tamilnadu and Puducherry in the southern part of India on 9 November 2015.
The gusty winds with the speed of 60-90 km/hour followed by 49 cms rainfall threw people out of normal life and the most affected communities were dalits and daily labourers. As per the government figures, more than 9,000 families were displaced and more than 20,000 hectares of paddy fields were submerged.
FXB India Suraksha started off with conducting a rapid assessment of around 50 households, in three villages namely Kazuperumpakkam, Nesal and Mathur of Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. More than 150 people have benefited from the flood relief camps which were organised jointly with Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to treat people suffering from illnesses due to the intake of contaminated water and food. A medical van collected people from affected areas for the treatment and brought them to the relief camp. Relief items like dry baby food, fresh bread, tarpaulin sheet, coir ropes, edible oil, dry ration, sanitary napkins and candles were distributed to 50 households of #FXBVillage of Mathur which is one of the worst affected areas, reaching out to around 300 families.