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India is a growing economic force and a state possessing nuclear weapons, but it also has considerable social, economic, and environmental challenges. The state of Tamil Nadu, located on the southeast coast, was one of the regions significantly hit by the tsunami in 2004.
Total population: 1.324 billion
India is the world's largest democracy with over 1.3 billion people. The country became independent from Britain in 1947.
MAGNA completed the closure of all its post-tsunami activities in India in 2010.
Opening of the India mission: 2005
Areas of intervention: Tamil Nadu
Brief Overview of the crisis in India
The tsunami killed at least 225,000 people in a dozen countries. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, and Thailand suffered massive damage, with food, clean water, and medical care lacking in these regions. Humanitarian workers delivered food and medicine supplies to hard-to-reach areas. The tsunami also caused severe environmental damage: villages, tourist resorts, farmland, and fishing areas were destroyed or flooded with waste, bodies, and salt water, killing vegetation.
Why we are in India
Our India intervention
In December 2010, we concluded all recovery activities put in place to support communities affected by the tsunami in India.
Our activity focused on distributing material aid, psychosocial assistance, and the construction of two community centres in the Tamil Nadu area.
We launched a mental health program in 10 affected areas.
We provided education to 300 children in the affected areas.