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News : Toll-free Relief Helpline Launched for Disaster-hit Victims
Chandigarh, India, Jan 2, 2015 -- Following the recent floods in southern states and previous disasters that turned many lives upside down in different states, Chandigarh-based NGO Salaam Zindagi along with Tamil Nadu residents of Chandigarh have come together and launched a toll free helpline number for disaster-hit victims.
Relief Helpline has two options, one for the needy, who can call on this number free of cost and report the actual need of relief items, quantity, his/her location and situation or any other kind of help. The requirement would be fulfilled by connecting the needy victims with the designated distribution centres/ organizations/groups/individuals which were there on the ground for distribution of relief material.
Second option would guide the people/organizations/groups, who want to send relief material to that particular affected area by directing them to the designated collection points or connecting them with local organizations/groups/individuals working there on ground, and providing them information about actual requirements.
Through this toll free 18001371317 Relief Helpline Donor, victims could call anytime during the disaster/emergency/epidemic/natural calamity. In normal days, the timings will be 10 am to 4 pm for five days a week and in case of emergency, it will be made operational 24 hours.
Relief Helpline also supports regional languages. At the moment, Relief Helpline was serving flood affected people in Chennai and Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu and the same was supported in Tamil language for the convenience of local residents. "Relief Helpline will benefit the community at large and simultaneously, it will be an effective platform for government and local administration as well to get the ground information," said Amrinder Singh, founder-CEO, Salaam Zindagi Charitable Trust, India.
Chandigarh Tamil Sangam and Lord Murugan Bhaktha Samaj have extended support in terms of providing infrastructural support for Relief Helpline.
"We will be connecting with local bodies of the area where help is needed. At present, we have NSS Regional Center, Tamil Nadu which is providing a support in terms of manpower in affected areas. More organizations like Sevalaya, Cheer NGO from Chennai and Cuddalore came forward to support in fulfillment of needy on ground. Salaam Zindagi's relief operations south zonal coordinator Srinivasan, based in Bangalore is monitoring the whole activity," Amrinder said. They have already sent 8,000 packs of ORS to Cuddalore district medical officer and furniture to a school adopted by the NGO in Cuddalore.
Helpline will be supporting all local organizations/groups/individuals by connecting them with other helping organizations/groups/individuals sending help from outside.
NGO will extend financial support to all these local organizations/groups/individuals, which will be raised for the cause specially.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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