Residents of Gujarat’s Kapadvanj cook 300 hot, nutritious tiffins a month for pregnant and new mothers(Binita Parikh)

Kapadvanj: For more than a year, the residents of Kapadvanj town in Gujarat have been sending home-cooked tiffins to expecting and new mothers as well as their attendants at the Tribhuvandas Foundation (TF) Hospital run by Amul. What started as an assistance for those travelling all the way to Kapadvanj for treatment, blossomed into a full-fledged[…]

Months after Cyclone Ockhi, Tamil Nadu fisherfolks’ families allege government apathy in recovering bodies

Neerody, Tamil Nadu: Father Lucian Thomas’ office in Neerody witnesses a steady stream of the faithful seeking his counsel, and these days it invariably revolves around the aftermath of Ockhi. The cyclone left 203 people dead in Tamil Nadu, 162 in Kerala and tore through the lives of fishing communities in coastal villages between Thiruvananthapuram[…]

During Cyclone Ockhi, lack of early warnings and at-sea communication devices left fisherfolk helpless

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu: In the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi, which ripped through southern India in late November last year, killing 365 people, there is a lot of discontent among fisherfolk in Kanyakumari about the government’s lackadaisical attitude towards search, rescue, and disaster management. Kanyakumari was the worst hit district in Tamil Nadu, with the toll[…]

Four months after Cyclone Ockhi, survivors and kin of deceased still counting losses, awaiting compensation

Kanyakumari: On 15 January, 45 days after Cyclone Ockhi ravaged south India in late November last year, Ambica’s husband Crispin S’s body was brought ashore to Neerody village in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. Within a week, the district collector personally delivered a compensation cheque of Rs 20 lakh to Ambica. Crispin, a daily-wage[…]