Heavy rainfall since over 10 days now, and the resulting flood, has brought life to a near standstill in many parts of Tamil Nadu. Water logging, delay in train services, water seeping into houses, the problems are immense, and residents are struggling to live through these troubled times.
Areas like Mylapore in South Chennai and Perambur in North Chennai have been submerged since Sunday. According to a report in The Indian Express, 71 people have died in rain related incidents so far.
Hundreds of families that were living along the Adyar river and other low lying areas are being evacuated as many water bodies have ruptured their banks.
FLOOD ALERT IN ADAYAR: 10000 cusecs water released
— Chennai Weather (@chennaiweather) November 16, 2015
Transport services have been affected in the worst manner as roads are inundated and many areas in the city have been sealed off. The traffic is being diverted, thereby creating blocks.
Suburban train services were also cancelled temporarily.
Amidst situations like these, hope is visible in the actions of individuals helping one another in the best possible manner. And one such sight pleasantly surprised the residents of Chennai on the morning of Nov. 11, 2015.
Several roads in the city had been severely damaged due to the heavy rains. But three policemen decided to fight against the weather and help commuters reach their destination by volunteering to fill the pothole themselves. Passers-by on the stretch near Phoenix Mall in Velachery area of South Chennai saw the policemen carrying bricks and filling up the holes. They were using an iron bar to break the bricks and make the surface smooth.
Here is a look at them doing the work:
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Kudos to these dedicated police personnel of our country who are out there to help citizens even in the middle of a crisis.