India is a growing economic force and a state possessing nuclear weapons, but it also has considerable social, economic and environmental problems. 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 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 have suffered massive damage. Food, clean water and medical care were missing in these regions. Humanitarian workers delivered food and medicine supplies to hard-to-reach areas. Tsunami has also caused severe environmental damage - villages, tourist resorts, farmland, and fishing areas have been destroyed or flooded with waste, bodies and salt water killing plants.
How did MAGNA help in India?
By December 2010, all recovery activities put in place to support communities affected by the 2005 tsunami had been concluded.
Our activities focused on the distribution of material aid, psychosocial assistance and the construction of two community centers 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.
- We built and furnished two community centers.