On December 26 at 12.30 pm Kollam District on the west coast of India had an unwelcome guest. When he left half an hour later the place resembled a war ravaged area with 142 dead, almost 2000 houses wiped out, 5000 damaged, several boats and canoes torn asunder. Alappad Panchayat near Karunagapally was the worst hit with 139 dead here alone. At Sakthikulangara 8 kms away from the Kollam city St. John Britto colony was completely devastated with 36 houses completely damaged and 13 partly.
The ten meter high Tsunami caught the fisher folk unaware when most of them were engaged in routine activities. As the killer wave swept the shore many could only helplessly watch their relatives and neighbors being washed away. Days after the disaster, survivors have mass cremated the dead and were seen searching for their possessions beneath the rubble and in the backwaters.
TMS carried out the emergency relief operations together with the State, NGOs and other voluntary organizations. A special meeting was held at Mavelikara on 30th December 2004, and formed a forum with Dynamic action, Students Christian Movement, FCDP, TMS, Mochaka Jeevaka Munnettam, ICGF, Bible College-Thiruvalla and Nireeksha-Trivandrum in order to take stock of the relief operations done so far and to find out and take action on the needs of the survivors housed in different emergency camps all over the State.