THE YEAR THAT WAS
Chennai saw one of its worst disasters in a century in November 2015 due to excessive flooding. Lakhs of people were displaced and rendered homeless. Oxfam was involved in rehabilitating the affected. We arranged for clean drinking water, dry food packets, hygiene and shelter kits to rebuild infrastructure in Chennai, Cuddalore and Kanchipuram districts. We built upon the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) programme. Toilets and hand pumps were built and campaigns for promoting public health and awareness about communicable diseases were held. Cash transfers were done for 288 families to restart their businesses to put them on course for a normal life again.