CHENNAI: When you have board exams in the pipeline, even a flood can play second fiddle on the worry scale. And 12th standard student Shashank HR, like his classmates was told to spend his ‘rain holiday’ on Thursday with his textbooks. However, after weeks of watching ‘the adults’ lend a hand, this teen decided enough was enough. “I told my mom I just have to get out there. I can’t watch this anymore,” he said.
Shashank had heard that some of his classmates at Combat Kinetics, a centre for Mixed Martial Arts were doing relief work. So he gave them a call. And by 11 am, he had set out on his first rescue mission to a slum in MS Nagar. “I wake up to the visuals of the floods on TV,” he told Express. So he was prepared for the hip-deep water he had to wade through. “But having only visited an NGO for school credits before this, this was one of the most intense days I’ve ever had,” he shared.
The next several hours had him and the rest of his group of seven pass out clothes, food and water packets and newspapers that substituted for paper plates. The rest of the day was spent in attending to emergency calls routed through NGOs and juggling these with worried calls from his own mother.