Chennai has been devastated by floods and we wish not to cover those floods. Instead we wish to cover the humanitarian flooding of relief material to Chennai. As we have already covered Ola service by deploying of boats in the submersed areas. Many people wanted to donate but they didn’t know who to donate. Zomato, the food tech startup came to rescue. They enabled a feature such that any user can order food online from Zomato which will be delivered to the needy. In addition, Zomato contributed one meal for every meal ordered on its portal.
Thousands of volunteers along with donors have distributed water bottles, milk powder, clothes (used and new), medicines, food etc. People used social networking sites. Most help occurred through twitter handle @Aidoffered. A new website chennairains.org was started for updates about floods, help required, accommodation being provided etc.
Actor Siddharth has been more than proactive in this case. The actor has been tweeting and re-tweeting all information that a person stuck in the floods might need. RJ Balaji, along with Siddharth, set up a team of volunteers to distribute food, blankets and all essentials to the victims. People who needed help were asked to tweet with the hashtag #ChennaiMicro to contact their team. Celebrities like Khushbu Sundar, Vishal and Chinamayi also reached out to people who were affected by the flood. Khushubu has said in her Twitter account that so far she was able to provide food for thousands of people and she will continue to do so.
Many function halls, malls and cinema theatres were opened by their owners so as to accommodate people from submerged areas. Some of them even cooked food and provided to the hungry. Many Tollywood celebrities contributed a large sum of money towards flood relief and rescue. Prabhas of Bahubali fame donated 50 lakhs, Allu Arjun pledged an aid of Rs 25 lakh and Junior NTR and Mahesh babu donated Rs 10 lakh each.
RSS has deployed its volunteers in more than 75 places in Chennai. In most places, they took up distribution of food and in some places they helped the NDRF (National Disaster Relief Force). Art of Living volunteers have supplied relief materials in many places. A post on facebook showed muslims given shelter in Hindu temples indicating communal harmony.
Mohamed Yunus, a volunteer in Urappakkam, saved a pregnant lady, Chitra. What followed is definitely a story worth telling! Mohan and Chitra named their newborn daughter, Yunus, after the man who saved her. A young entrepreneur from Banglore sent a mobile RO purifier which can purify rain water and provide purified water of about 20,000 litres a day – What a noble thought !!. The Sikh community of Chennai started cooking food and distributed 2500 food packets in a day.
Last but not the least, The Army, NDRF, Chennai Police and Fire department –have all been extending and rendering commendable service to the needy in the hour of crisis. Salute to them for their commitment and selfless service. What is presented here is just a drop of ocean of excellent service.
Floods bring in a flood of lessons too
- The power of Nature when it is hurt
- Humanity at work as calamity strikes
- Do we need a Calamity to awaken our Humanity
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