In the Cuddalore district alone, at least 3,000 homes have been inundated by flood waters and people have been evacuated to safer places. Close to 35,000 hectares of standing crops including paddy and groundnut are submerged. As the rain continues, the village administrative officers in the Cuddalore district have been directed to keep the community halls and cyclone shelters ready and equipped with basic supplies. Cuddalore is prone to flooding as it is the confluence point for seven rivers, the Pannaiyar, Vellar, Gedilam, Paravanarul, Kollidam, Old Kollidam and the Manimautharu.
Hundreds of hectares of paddy crops in the Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjvur districts remain submerged under the flood waters. In Tiruvarur, 107 villages have been affected and displaced people have found shelter in schools and other public places. Community kitchens are functioning in four locations.
In Andhra Pradesh, the districts of Nellore, Chittoor and Kadapa are badly affected by the rains and it is estimated that close to 45 villages are seriously affected by the floods.
ACT member, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India (UELCI), is assessing the situation and planning to respond through its local member churches: the Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC), the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC), the Indian Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC) and the South Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (SALC). Initial plans are to provide emergency food and non-food items. A Rapid Response Fund request may be forthcoming.