Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) has lent its helping hand to families afflicted by recent floods in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. Approximately 8,800 households in 12 impacted villages received clothes and food supplies from the Ashram, providing much-needed help during recovery.
“Amma’s dedication to helping the community during difficult times serves as a ray of hope and support. The organisation’s constant commitment to humanitarian issues and the ability to positively support the lives of those impacted by the floods in Thoothukudi continue to inspire,” said Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri as he led the distribution process. He serves as Treasurer, Mata Amritanandamayi Math.
As villagers begin to reconstruct their lives, each family was given a package that included clothes, rice, and a variety of groceries. Four key locations—Thoothukudi Amrita Vidyalayam, Sri Vaikundam, Bharat Ratna Kamarajar School, and Chandy ITI School—were chosen to coordinate the distribution activities. These locations developed into hubs of support and hope where flood victims congregated to get assistance.
Among the communities that benefited from MAM’s kind gesture are Srivaikundam, Thiruku Silukkanpatti, Ayyanar Colony, Rajeev Nagar, Mavenmadam, Anna Nagar, Kathirvel Nagar, Kuruchi Nagar, Melavittam Nagar, Athimarapatti, Thopur, and Muthayapuram.
Heavy rains December 17-18 resulted in floods throughout the state’s southern region, including the districts of Thoothukudi, Tiruelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanniyakumari. At least 35 people died with 49,707 rescued.
In villages, crops on over 1,83,000 hectares were affected, alongside 3,700 huts and 170 pucca houses damaged. The waters also claimed the lives of 318 head of cattle, 2,587 goats, and more than 41,500 chicken.
Prominent dignitaries who attended MAM’s distribution ceremonies in Thoothukudi included the District Collector, Thiru. G Lakshmipathy; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Thiru Suresh; Chief Mechanical Engineer of Toothukudi Port, Thiru Suresh Babu; Cyber Crime Unit SI, Thiru V Sudhakaran; Special Tehsildar of Tuticorin, Thiru R Raghu; State leader of RSS, Thiru Atal Arashan; Senior High Court lawyer, Thiru Adv. Sankara Raman; and BJP leaders Thiru Raja and Thiru Manikandan. Their participation demonstrated how many different sectors worked together to respond to the crisis.