BENGALURU: The floods in Chennai have left hundreds of people stranded and in need of supplies, from medicines to blankets. However, individuals, associations and organisations, apart from RWAs and apartment complexes in Bengaluru, in a bid to help those in need are doing all they can to ensure that the people of Chennai receive the required supplies. Express spoke to a few organisations to understand their efforts in helping those in Chennai. Major IT companies in Bengaluru have collected items so that they can be transported to Chennai. “We, as employees, were asked to bring medicines, blankets, clothes and other items. We were also asked to bring T-shirts in sizes of large and extra large. “Food items like biscuits, dry fruits and other items were collected and sent to Chennai on Friday. Essential medicines were also collected in large numbers,” says Amit Udaya, an employee of Hewlett-Packard in the city. Mindtree, an IT major, helped in rescue of their own employees and their families stuck in Chennai.
An employee told Express that on Friday, a bus with several employees and their families left Chennai for Bengaluru. “They have been given boarding at different hotels and are being taken care of. They are all recuperating,” said the employee. Appiness Interactive, a digital media company in Koramangala, also asked its employees to bring in whatever they could. Visakh Viswambharan, the founder, said that they received an unprecedented amount of relief material, which was then sent to Chennai in a truck. In a recent trend, several localities in the city have set up pick-up points for donations. “The drive has been quite successful. Many people from the neighbourhood have lent us their support, due to which, we have been able to collect quite a lot of material. We will be sending the materials in a truck on Sunday,” said Chandrashekhar Gowda, a resident of Banashankari. Apartment associations have joined the fray too. Ravi, a resident of Sterling Apartments, said that a drive was conducted recently, after which, a truck carrying the materials left the city on Saturday.
Biking groups in the city also played their part in ensuring that supplies reached Chennai. The Bikerni, a pan-India all-woman biking group, sent three cars full of relief material to Chennai. “One of our members in Erode helped quite a lot. We focused on materials like sanitary napkins, clothes and footwear, which were readily supplied by friends and families. We got in touch with a few friends from Chennai to understand what was really required. We are planning on sending large quantities of water in the next few days,” said Deepti Jacob, a member of the group. 40 Land in HAL Airport Around 40 passengers alighted at the HAL Airport after being ferried from disaster- struck Chennai in an Indian Air Force Antonov 32 aircraft. Chairman and Managing Director of HAL T Suvarna Raju expressed happiness that the HAL Airport, normally used for military flying, was used for the rescue operations.