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2014 hrs, Dec 28, 2004; a post on; revisiting the tsunami of Dec. 2004

Dec 28, 2004
2014 hrs
Dear Pankaj, Sharbendu, Anwar and others:

Today a meeting was held in Delhi at GPF (Gandhi Peace Foundation) basically to find out what Delhi groups can do in terms of relief and rehabilitation. It was organised at the initiative of Centre for Education and Communication, The Other Media, Jagori and Delhi Forum. ISI, Anhad, Sruti, Academy for Mountain Environics, Christian Aid, HMS, CITU, NFF and others' representatives were present.
Regarding the southern Indian States, it was felt from the feed back that came that help is needed in terms of mainly rehabilitation a nd rebuilding of livelihood of the fishing community. Materials should not be sent from Delhi. Rather fund could be sent for local buying and other use. As the meeting of Chennai groups was still going on, the Delhi meeting could not decide the exact quantum of help and felt perhaps an assessment was needed. It was also decided to open a separate bank account in the name of Tsunami Relief Fund to be administered by the Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Committee Delhi.
The meeting specially discussed the state of Andaman and Nicobar islands, the lack of information, the possibility and magnitude of devastation and the security blanket of the Defence Ministry. It has been decided that a team of 5-6 people will be sent from Delhi very soon consisting of some experts on housing, disaster management, tribal and indigenous people, social medicine. Mohini Giri has volunteered. Shabnam Hashmi of Anhad will be co-ordinating the travel arrangement and permission from the Defence Ministry - literally a political yes from the Centre. It would help the team to tour the islands extensively wherever possible and make assessments and then prepare a report.
It will be good to get a feedback from you all and perhaps help the team on the island itself, with essential knowledge, name of persons you may suggest for the team etc. The minutes of the meeting will be circulated tomorrow and I will definitely post a copy to the group.
In the meantime, any posting from the group could be sent also to;;;;;
We are extremely sorry that being decided at the last moment (was sending invitations till 9.30 in the night), we perhaps missed some of you who are in Delhi at present and could have contributed a lot. Will ensure that date and venues of the next meetings will be communicated.

In solidarity
Souparna Lahiri
Delhi Forum

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