When Disaster Strikes - The Story of Samiyarpettai

This film was shot a few months after tsunami struck parts of southern India on 26 December 2004. It is based on community-based training approaches piloted in Samiyarpettai, a ‘model’ village identified in Tamil Nadu under the Government of India–UNDP National Disaster Risk Management Programme. This village reported fewer deaths than other villages because of the training received by the local communities in rescue and evacuation, survival skills and safety techniques, first aid and other such areas.