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Relief contributions pour in

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JAN. 6. Relief continues to pour in for the victims of the December 26 tsunami.

The Hinduja Group flagship and commercial vehicle maker, Ashok Leyland, donated a relief amount of Rs. one crore to the Chief Minister. R.J. Shahaney, Chairman, and R. Seshasayee, Managing Director, handed over the cheque to Ms. Jayalalithaa.

In other contributions, the Film Employees Federation of South India handed over Rs. 10 lakh to the Chief Minister.

The Indian Red Cross Society (Tamil Nadu branch) received Rs. 11 lakhs from oil company ChevronTexaco for their relief work in tsunami-hit areas.

So far, the Society has collected Rs. 25,00,000 towards the relief fund. Its volunteers have distributed dry rations, vessels and school kits all over the State. It has also opened `tracing cells' in all districts to help locate missing people. The India Development and Relief Fund Inc, U.S.A., distributed relief material worth Rs. 9 lakhs to the victims. St. John Ambulance has donated clothes worth Rs. 7 lakhs. The Kappa Charitable Trust donated clothes, rice and relief material worth Rs. 6.5 lakhs. The Integral Coach Factory Women's organisation contributed Rs. 50,000 to the Chief Minster's Relief Fund.

DHL has set up a helpline in Chennai (55719345) to collect contributions from individual homes and corporate offices. It has partnered with international organisations to support relief operations.

The Eureka Forbes is offering safe drinking water free of cost to people in the affected areas. Contact 9894485010 for details.

St. Isabel's Hospitals, which opened an emergency ward to treat the people injured on December 26, and provided all the medical services free of cost, the hospital is also opening a free counselling centre for the victims of the tragedy.

The Shanthinikethan Matriculation Higher Secondary School organised relief camps and visited Kokaramedu Kuppam and Poonjeri and distributed food a relief to nearly 400 families.

The South India Surgical Company has donated one lakh disposable syringes and needles to the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation for distribution to doctors working with tsunami survivors.

The Assisi Foundation donated relief to tsunami-affected people at Nemilichery Kuppam, near Kovalam.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prepared 1,200 kits with blankets, saris and other relief materials. The Theosophical Order of Service turned into a nucleus for a network of NGOs to provide relief material to the survivors. The C.P. Ramaswami Iyer foundation is working on rehabilitating a village called Pazhaya Nadukuppam in Kanchipuram district. The Women's Voluntary Service of Tamil Nadu distributed relief to survivors in Ennore.

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