Floods reveal Chennai as a friendly destination

Published on : Monday, December 7, 2015

People wade through a flooded road in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Weeks of torrential rains have forced the Chennai airport in southern India to close and have cut off several roads and highways, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded in their homes, government officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo)

Chennai is completely stumped with the heaviest rainfall in decades since December 3. Conditions are improving and support from some responsible citizens has made a considerable difference to the situation in Chennai.



The city had to bear 16 inches of rainfall (about 397 millimeters).Rainfall is more than three times the average. Most of the city however had power and the buses were running despite floods.




Another thing that came in really handy was the Wi-Fi access. Phone lines had stopped working and the only thing that kept people connected to the rest of the world was internet.




Food and other supplies were being collected by people who were eager to help but didn’t know how it would be distributed. Some people even braved the flood waters to reach the drop points.




A crowdsoursing site also appeared calling themselves chennairains to help people find sources of food,  water and shelter through smartphones or computers. Many in Chennai cooked, packed and distributed meals to 7,000 people.




However those without power and water were rescued by the Indian military. Flights had to be cancelled due to flood water in the termac. TruJet, SpiceJet, IndiGo and Air India, had diverted flights to Arakkonam, a nearby military airfield 55 miles west of Chennai, according to the State Government of India.



People are still in need for drinking water, cooked food, baby food, blankets sanitary napkins. However Chennai’s show of concern from fellow citizens has been quite inspiring. The city definitely breeds camaraderie and in such a place there is always a way, barring all adversities.



Flooding has killed 272 people in the region since October. About 28.000 people were rescued then according to the National Disaster Response Force.




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