As soon as one believes that the weather will finally clear up and people will get some relief from the heaviest rainfall in over 100 years to hit Tamil Nadu, another spell of rains enter the state and leave it devastated. The nonstop rains since Monday night in several parts of Chennai, its suburbs, and Puducherry, have completely disrupted life in the region.
Rains have already claimed at least 188 lives, and it has been predicted that they will last for four more days. With flights, trains and all means of transportation being cancelled, along with telephone lines going flat, the state seems to be cut off from the rest of the country. There is water filled up inside houses, roads are submerged, and people stranded in different areas are waiting to be rescued.
In such a situation of distress, this is how people in Chennai and the neighbouring areas are helping each other out in every possible way. Even those who are not located in the city can contribute by spreading the word and helping rescue teams reach the right places.
1. Need food? Here’s help!
If you can organise food packets in chennai please contact me. We will have it picked up and delivered. Batches of 50-100 packets. #TNflood
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 2, 2015
2. Need shelter? Here’s help!
A form named Chennai Places to stay #Chennairains, is being circulated on social media wherein people can fill out details of the kind of accommodation they can offer, and the complete list is available on a Google spreadsheet for others to access. And then there are these:
— Saranam (@SaranamMusical) December 2, 2015
— Silverscreen.in (@silverscreenin) December 1, 2015
— Siddharth Saravanan (@sidsrvnn) December 2, 2015
3. Need medical assistance? Here’s help!
4. Need phone recharges? Here’s help!
5. Need a ride? Here’s help!
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— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 1, 2015
6. Have pets? Here’s help!
7. Want to contribute? Help here!
8. Need a flood map of Chennai, with all the details of vulnerable and inundated areas, flood relief camps, water logged points and more? Here it is!
9. Need helplines? Here they are!
Towing service Towing service Phone Mobile:98 41 156584 Work:044 5527 3759 Mobile:98 41 156584 — Priyamvatha (@Priyamvathap) December 2, 2015
Flood Control Room, (State Emergency Operation Centre), O/o S.C & C.R.A, Chennai-5 044-28593990 044-28410577 9445869843 / 47 — Priyamvatha (@Priyamvathap) December 1, 2015
10. Need weather updates? Here they are!
— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) December 1, 2015
Looking for a hero? Here she is!
Stay strong Chennai! We’re sure with people like these there’s no way you can’t stay afloat!