Most Chennaiites may feel that all hopes are lost while being stranded homeless, when there is no way to communicate with their loved ones.
At most places, neither ATMs nor mobile phones provided any help. The city did witness help and solidarity from thousands who offered food, transportation and shelter to the people stranded.
Here are some of them who prove that life is not just about earning money, it’s about living together and helping each other:
A boy from Nanganallur displayed that kindness can erase the gap between the rich and the poor. According to a Viral FB post from Srikanth, who was helping out the flood-affected victims by providing food packets, came across with a dilemma of giving the last food packet between two kids. When he gave it to one of boys, he then handed it over to the other kid whom Srikanth ignored. The boy said, “paravala na enakku pasi palagiduchu.. Ivanala kandippa pasi thaanga mudiyathu (It’s ok brother, I am used to hunger.... Let him eat he doesn’t seem to bear hunger).”
Another help came from a Bangalorean, Ram Kashyap, who shuttled between both the cities to provide relief materials. He used Facebook to pool help and donations. Ram has already made more than 25 trips between Bangalore and Chennai providing a lot a relief materials and respite and is still continuing to do so.
Due credit must be given to the celebrities, as most of them provided with monetary help the flood-affected. However, it was South Indian Actor Siddharth and Big FM Radio Jockey Balaji who are still on the field providing help directly. Siddharth has been doing rounds giving pickups and drops. While RJ Balaji has been arranging relief materials with the help of social media and providing them to the people in need.
The armed forces also rescued a number of people from the most-affected regions of Chennai. IAF evacuated a pregnant woman and her child from a fully flooded area in Manapakkam, Chennai.
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Several Chennai residents offered free shelter to those who are stranded. People like Avjit were a great help to people who were stranded with no shelter in the most-affected region of Perungudi.
Mohsin Patel, a 33-year-old businessman helped a large number of people sitting from his home. He provided free mobile recharge to people on request which helped several people to contact their beloved ones during difficult situation.
Not to forget the contribution of Blue Cross of India, that has rescued over 6000 animals including dogs, cats, cattle since the beginning of the floods. Not just the canines, they also distributed relief materials to slums of Kotturpuram which has been affected by the breached Adyar River.