The government of Tamil Nadu is offering dental assistance to people who need it in the wake of the tragedy at the Mahabodhi Temple in Chennai on December 20, 2016.
The Tamil Nadu Dental Board, a public health organisation, is also dispensing dental assistance through its dental clinics in the state, with more than 600 dental clinics across the state set to be operational within the next 24 hours.
Dental care in Tamil Nadu was a major cause of the disaster, with the temple’s main structure, the Sri Kallikonda, being gutted by the floodwaters.
The temple’s director, Sri Ramachandra Rao, was among the first to arrive at the site to offer help to the community, as the temple has been closed since December 8.
The temples main function was also cancelled on January 10 as part of the city’s relief operation, as was the Sri Krishna Temple.
The state government has also decided to provide assistance to the local community in Chennai and around the state for people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.
The Dental Association of India, which is a member of the association of the state government, has also issued a statement in support of the people of Chennai who are looking for help from the Dental Department.
“The DHA is aware of the distress faced by the Tamil community, the DHA has been offering dental support to the Tamil Nadu community for the past few days, to meet their needs,” the statement read.
“We are also aware of a lot of distress and concern in the community regarding the relief efforts undertaken by the DDA, and are here to offer our help to those in need.”
The DDA has issued a rescue call to all temples in the city, to offer dental assistance, which will be paid out through the Dhananjay Katchi-Mukhopadhyay Yojana (DMKY-M), an initiative run by the Centre for Disaster Relief and Mitigation.DMKY is a state government-run relief fund that provides emergency relief to the affected districts.