At 7.59 AM, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 Richter scale (one of the largest ever recorded), ripped through an undersea fault in the Indian Ocean, propelling a massive column of water toward unsuspecting shores. On boxing day, this monstrous tsunami took a shocking 230,000 lives in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and surrounding areas, making it one of the deadliest tsunamis in history.
The areas hardest hit by the tsunami were the south-eastern coast and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. When Tsunami hit the Southern coasts of India in 2001, thousands of volunteers under the aegis of the Sewa Bharati, engaged in relief work. The volunteers, in cooperation with organisations like Ramakrishna Mutt in Tamil Nadu, Nair Service Society, Sri Narayana Guru Dharma Paripalana Yogam and Mata Amrithanandamayi Mutt in Kerala and Janakshema Samiti in Andhra Pradesh, set up relief camps in Tsunami affected districts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They distributed thousands of food packets, organised teams doctors and cremated thousands of dead bodies.
The funds were split evenly to fund the rehabilitation projects in Sri Lanka, India and other affect regions. In India, we agreed to fund three projects and in Sri Lanka, we committed to the building of houses in 5 villages. In all these regions, 5824 volunteers were engaged in relief works.
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