Headquartered in Chennai, TNIE has been bringing to you every aspect of the Chennai Floods to your houses continuously. Here's how the city is braving all odds to beat the worst rain in a century.
Jeeva, the small boy in the picture above travelled around 2 kms with his dad through flood water in the hope of finding some milk. Several people who passed by asked the father to carry the boy as the water had all kinds of filth floating in it. The proud father insisted that he should walk and learn to face the difficulties in life. Finally when the water reached till the boys chest, his dad picked him up, but by then the boy had learned to face problems and insisted that he should walk.
Most major companies, especially those with offices lying on the flood prone IT Corridor, remained shut. Offices like TCS had announced a holiday for their employees in the city except for a few key personnel who were required to be on the job for projects.
The loss of mobile phone connectivity in several parts of Chennai severely affected the rescue work being undergoing around the city.
The failure of mobile networks meant that the fire control room cannot contact their men on the ground immediately.
The video above shows the situation at Alandur metro stations in Chennai yesterday. Trains were delayed as unprecedented rains lashed the city of Chennai. As all roads to Koyambedu were blocked due to severe water-logging, metro trains were the only option commuters had. The Metro trains were not stopping at Ashok Nagar station as it was shut down due to flooding.
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If the first spell of heavy rainfall, brought out Chennai’s fighting spirit, the second, heavier, one on Tuesday highlighted the city’s kindness.
After wearing the same clothes for several days and lugging trolleys, those stranded outside Chennai airport are have a harrowing time.
As food and supplies became scarce and the price of milk surged to a whooping Rs 100 and Tomatoes at Rs 80 political parties and youth groups went around the city distributing free food in flooded areas. In certain inaccessible places food packets were air dropped by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for those stranded on roof tops.
Social Media played an unprecedented role during the floods by connecting people offering help and those in need. Even the National Disaster Response Force used the reach of social media in finding the needy and directing their resources. Twitter came abuzz with tweets and re-tweets of people offering 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
I have a school to accommodate 75-100 in Nungambakkam.food at Chetpet to closely around 1000ppl +917092020207 +918939433288 #chennairains— jaswanth Thota (@jaswanth_thota) December 1, 2015
Some thanked those working relentlessly and the resilience of ordinary Chennaites became an instant hit.
Our milk lady Radha in Chennai - been delivering for 25 years, and did not fail to show up this morning. pic.twitter.com/WrcCITS60e— Ramanathan S (@madarassi) December 2, 2015
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was quick in responding with 'Google Crisis Response' for his hometown.
A YouTube video of people forming a human chain to rescue a man washed away by water went viral and was lauded for the quick response and presence of mind shown by the people around.
However all was not well while dealing with nature's fury and some casualties were reported. An auto driver died after saving a boy from the Cooum river. More than 250 people have lost their lives since the heavy rains started flooding the city since November.
Several reports suggest that the floods, though triggered by unprecedented rains was partly an outcome of reckless human activities. BBC reported that there are more than 1,50,000 illegal structures in the city and that several building are build on marshlands and waterbodies.
There is no doubt that Chennai will overcome the situation and be back to normal as the rainfall reduces. But the urgent need of the city is a long term solution which can be achieved only by following the environmental norms for construction and a more efficient urban planning, with stringent implementation.