Its time to bid goodbye to 2015 – the year of protests and hopes, anger and courage, of disasters and compassion. Other than being remembered for the many remarkable things that took shape in India and the world this year, 2015 will always be remembered as the year of the Tamil Nadu floods.
It was the year that ended in a disaster, literally. Incessant rains led to floods in several parts of Tamil Nadu – water was filling up, hospitals were understaffed, there was no power, and life came to a standstill with chaos all around.
But more than any of these things, the closing months of the year have made a place in history as the time when Chennai showed its true spirit.
Providing shelter, distributing food, reaching out with medical supplies, donating books, starting WhatsApp groups to conduct relief operations, travelling with relief supplies from different parts of the country – people showed the world what fighting disaster looks like, and set an amazing example.
“I think we can stand up for each other, and we have proved it. We were there for each other,” says one of these people.
Here is an inspiring narration from some of those who helped restore normal life in Chennai, and are continuing to do so.
This video was originally published here.