CHENNAI: In a laudable gesture, actors from the Tamil film industry were not satisfied with just contributing money to relief work but took the plunge in providing succour to the flood affected. They are helping the city recover from the devastation of the calamitous floods.
Actors Vishal, Sriman, Varalakshmi Sarathkumar, and Manobala are among scores of artistes who have been continuously working to provide relief to those trapped in water logged areas.
On Saturday morning too, several members of the Nadigar Sangam were busy loading trucks with relief materials.
Talking to Express, Vishal said, “Apart from actors, it is heartening to see several several members of the public stepping out to extend a helping hand. Help is pouring in from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kerala as well. We have turned the Lady Andal school on Harrington Road as the control room for our relief operations. We appeal to all those who could assist to come forward and help. One can contribute in any manner and those interested can drop in here at the school.”
Giving details of what they need most, the actor said, “What we need at this point is milk powder, blankets, drinking water and sanitary napkins.”
The actor, who was busy issuing directions to volunteers made a request to all those looking to help in carrying out relief operations. “Please also focus on places like Cuddalore, North Madras, Saidapet and Mudichur. We are receiving reports that these places are badly hit and require as much help as they can get,” Vishal told Express.
Sriman, who was also at the venue helping direct trucks with goods meant for the flood victims, said “There are around 350 to 400 college students who have been helping us out in our efforts here. We have already dispatched 25 trucks since the morning. Further, there are also people who bring their own vehicles to carry goods to places where people are stranded. We usually send one of our Nadigar Sangam members along with them to ensure that the relief reaches those in need. I appeal to people to join us. If you step out and lend a helping hand, we can pull people out of misery in no time.”