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Man-made disaster in Dalit colonies of Dharmapuri district


Tiruvannamalai, 14th November 2012


Dear Sir, Dear Madem,


Greetings, please find below the report of the Violence Against Dalits in Dharmapuri District on 7th November 2012. The affected people are living without any assets, so POPE is planning to involve in Relief process for this helpless people by the means of cloths, mats, school bags, notebooks, cooking vessels etc.


I am requesting your mercy for these affected Dalits.


Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,




Dharmapuri district disaster 14 11 2012
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Une catastrophe humaine parmi la colonie dalit dans la région de Dharmapuri

Tiruvannamalai, le 14 novembre 2012



Mesdames, Messieurs,


Veuillez trouver ci-dessous notre rapport concernant les violences à l'encontre des Dalits dans le district de Dharmapuri le 7 novembre 2012. Les personnes touchées ont perdu tous leurs biens, ainsi POPE prévoit de se porter au secours de ces pauvres gens en leur procurant des vêtements, des nattes, des cartables, des cahiers, des ustensiles de cuisine, etc.


Je demande votre aide pour ces Dalits affectés.


En vous remerciant,

Très sincérement.




Président - POPE


Dharmapuri district disaster 14 11 2012
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The south-east of India is hit by Cyclone Nilam


Le cyclone Nilam a frappé la côte Est de l'Inde 



Wednesday 31st October 2012


We have very strong rain since yesterday, we had a big storm and cyclone formed in Bay of Bengal near Chennai. The Governments of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry announced the Government Holiday today. The Cyclone hit severely the Northern districts of Tamilnadu and also Pondicherry. It starts to move from sea at 4.30 pm and we are having big storm and rain, the losses in the coastal belt are not yet calculated. The both state Governments announced one day more holiday for the Educational Institutions and Colleges.



Mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Il pleut très fort depuis hier, nous avons eu une grosse tempête et un cyclone s'est formé dans la baie du Bengale près de Madras. Les gouvernements du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry ont annoncé que les élèves seront en vacances aujourd'hui. Le cyclone a frappé durement les régions du nord du Tamil Nadu et de Pondichéry également. Il a commencé à se déplacer vers 16 heures 30, nous avons de gros orages et de grosses pluies, les pertes sur la côte ne sont pas encore évaluées. Les gouvernements des 2 Etats ont annoncé un jour de fermeture supplémentaire de tous les établissements scolaires.

RL Rosario
Directeur de POPE




Friday 9th November 2012


Fortunately the Nilam Storm has not affected to much the Tamil Nadu but it destroyed few places in Andhra Pradesh.


The cyclone killed eight people in Tamil Nadu and three in Andhra Pradesh. It also destroyed more than 200 electric posts and about 100 trees were uprooted in Chennai. About 3,800 people have been evacuated in Mahaballipuram.


Chennai Law colleges exam has been postponed.




Vendredi 9 novembre 2012


Heureusement, Nilam n'a pas trop touché le Tamil Nadudu mais il a détruit des centaines de maisons ainsi que des centaines d'hectares de champs de coton ou de riz en Andhra Pradesh.


Le cyclone a tué huit personnes dans le Tamil Nadu et trois dans l'Andhra Pradesh. Il a également détruit plus de 200 poteaux électriques et environ 100 arbres ont été déracinés à Madras. Environ 3.800 personnes ont été évacuées à Mahaballipuram.


Les étudiants en droit de Madras ont vu leurs examens reportés.


RL Rosario

Director POPE


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Chennai, today!

Huge floods in Tamil Nadu.

We need your help. Thank you in advance.

Request for Relief materials to the flood cyclone victims of Cuddalore district. 

Cuddalore district is one of the Coastal Districts situated to Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu. The geographical situation is as such that this district is often affected by the sea based and monsoon based disaster. The Tsunami disaster occurred in 2004 December and the Thane cyclone in 2011.


The recent Flood had completely swallowed the infrastructure of this district and the people, cattle, houses, livelihood sources to the large extent. This district has a literacy level of 71.85%. The dalits, and other coastal vulnerable group of people lost their livelihood. The drainage is poor.


October to December is a period of North east monsoon. The monsoon rain exceed this year. The heavy rains filled all the lakes, water tanks, water reservoirs and the rivers were with heavy water and killed hundreds of people. The rain started on 10th November and still going on. The weather fore caste indicates that the heavy rain will be there for 3 more days. Houses were filled with water. All the equipments, electronic items, cooking materials, dresses, provisions available in the houses were completely damaged. On the road, boats were moving to rescue the people. People in the ground floor went upto the roof top and they had no shelter. There was no electricity for 5 to 10 days. Lot of health problems occurred to the people. Rescue operation was delayed due to Diwali festival. Officials were on leave. This has further aggravated the problem.


POPE has done active services during Tsunami disaster and Thane disaster in relief and rehabilitation in Cuddalore District. Now, we are mobilizing the volunteers to provide relief services.


We request you to support us in this mission of extending relief measures to the victims. Please contact our partners to help these poor people.


With regards,

Yours Sincerely,


(R.L. Rosario),


People Organisation for Planning and Education

POPE is a registered non-profit making secular voluntary organisation, founded in 1987 at Tiruvannamalai District for the development of the Dalits in India. POPE was established to promote the welfare of the Dalits.


The overall motto of POPE is to strengthen the voices of the vulnerable Dalits and other needy community for their living on par with others.


The vision of POPE

Is to establish an egalitarian society with social justice, harmony and peace where the vulnerable, voiceless, and oppressed groups live in dignity and demand their rights through social action and community development activities.


The mission of POPE

  • is to enhance the capacity of the vulnerable poor and marginalized through community based organisation and community participation for their sustainable livelihood
  • to develop resource base for the community living and empowerment process,
  • to recognise their legal rights, privileges, duties and prevent human rights violation, women rights violation, consumers right violation and ensuring the fulfillments of their basic needs.


RL Rosario

Director of POPE






A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.

Dr. Ambedkar