Sudarshan, who belongs to AID-US is co-ordinating the Tsunami relief operations. He is sending out a call for or volunteers from AID-Chennai. There’s still a HUGE need for volunteers for different teams. There’s also a similar need of volunteers who can spend a few days in Pondicherry / Cuddalore/ Naagai / Kanyakumari. Preferably those who can speak tamil.
If there are any volunteers for the areas mentioned above, please contact the aid-india office or the telephone numbers given below.
The main AID help line is 044-2835 0403, 044 5561 5629.
Chennai : 20, Ratheenam St, Gopalaupuram, Chennai-600086
Cuddalore: Balaji – 94440 61033, K.P.Narayan 04142-229108 and
Damu – 94442 41918
Nagapattinam: Jagadish – 98403 79889 and Ranganathan – 94440 18590
Pondicherry: 0413- 2290733
There are bloggers and there are bloggers. ABC News declares People of the Year: Bloggers. A trivia that’s very interesting is that a new blog is created every seven-and-a-half seconds. More than 10,000 new additions are added to the blogosphere each day. Thats a huge number.
This title of ABC could be hugely attributed to the Blogger’s active participation in the US Presidential Election of 2004 and also other global issues like the latest Asian Tsunami attacks.
This week, their influence has become readily apparent. Dozens of bloggers have been filing firsthand reports from the areas devastated by southern Asia’s deadly tsunamis.
“There is kind of an immediacy that people can relate to — can’t help but relate to that in a very intimate way,” said Jardin.
Bloggers around the world have made themselves useful, encouraging donations to relief groups, posting the names of the missing, and expressing sympathy for the victims.
Read more Internet Phenomenon Provides Unique Insight Into People’s Thoughts.
I’ve had friends/relatives calling up if everything is safe because of the emrgency alerts flying red on the televisions. My friend who lives in Triplicane had informed that a portion of Radhakrishnan salai is blocked because it leads directly to the sea and their are divertions in that place.
Another friend panickly called up and said that people are leaving to their homes and the electric trains are already running full houses.
Update – Two hours after the previous para was written, the televisions are announcing that Tsunami alert in Chennai may be reduced. Looks like the Port Trust of Chennai will start functioning from evening.
There’s panic here as Chennai is put on highalert for Tsunami attack again. The news and rumors are all twined together making people more panicked.
It remains a question as to how many lives are pending to go before 2004 ends. God Bless !!
NDTV reports that the sea waves are seen to be rising near Chennai. Chennai Port Trust is put on highalert and starts evacuating people from there.
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Vairamuthu‘s tribute to the Tsunami victims was in a form of a poem. A worthy read. This was the same poem which he quoted in Sun News Channel, a couple of days back.