Cuddalore needs help, not panic; don’t confuse relief work on the ground: Siddharth

Chennai: Actor Siddharth has been working tirelessly over the last few days with RJ Balaji and hundreds of volunteers to ensure food and relief items reach people across Chennai and Cuddalore. After having worked tirelessly in Cuddalore over the last few days, he finally got back to Chennai on the night of December 7.


Siddharth took to social media to explain what efforts were now required in Cuddalore and how those working to provide aid should go about it. Here’s what he wrote:

Learnings from Cuddalore:

  1. Send bedding and blankets, Mosquito coil
  2. Send smaller trucks that can go on kuchha roads.
  3. Identify groups that are addressing the hard to reach hamlets.
  4. Prioritize small villages away from the main road.
  5. Do not use relief labels or banners on trucks. They will be attacked.
  6. Find local teams that have police support.
  7. Do not send provisions unless you know where they will be cooked and served.
  8. Cuddalore needs help. It doesn’t need panic. Doesn’t need stockpiling of unnecessary items or over-supplying some places.
  9. We went to 15 villages. Many of these were described as drowning, starving, unserviced on social media. NOT TRUE.
  10. Do not comment on Cuddalore from outside. There are places that are struggling. Do not confuse relief work. Be concerned. Not dramatic. #TNflood

“We have an action plan for Cuddalore. Let’s be sensible, efficient and realistic about how to help the people of Cuddalore, he added.

Posting details of villages that need supplies in . Will also pass on storing locations to send supplies to volunteers there.

Siddharth and RJ Balaji started the #ChennaiMicro on Twitter and have helped thousands of people across Chennai and Cuddalore with food and relief material. They are now planning to work with hospitals, the government and environmentalists for the rehabilitation of people.

We are personally handling over 20 trucks to Cuddalore. Breaking them up into small loads. Targeting worst affected first. Rest assured.