It's December and Chennai is submerged with torrential rain that has broken all records and disrupted daily life. The downpour hasn't abated in days and the death toll is nearing 200. The Armed Forces have been deployed and even the Navy is on standby as water-logging is reaching dangerous levels. Additionally, the forecast only predicts more rain for this week. CM J Jayalalithaa has also said police, fire and rescue, national and state disaster forces and Coast Guard were on standby for need-based evacuation.
As the government and Army try to help the residents stay afloat, social media has also been flooded with relief efforts and updates on situation in Chennai as #Chennairains #Chennaifloods started trending in India. Be it shelter or gathering supplies through crowdsourcing, a dedicated Google spreadsheet and even a website, Twitter has been a crucial tool to reach out to the people affected by the disaster.
Here's a sample:
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) December 2, 2015
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) December 1, 2015
— Sorav Jain (@SoravJain) December 2, 2015
— ashwini asokan (@AshOnIndia) December 1, 2015
— manvitriol (@ObiWanManobi) December 2, 2015
— Shrinivas SG (@shrinivassg) December 1, 2015
— Spaceman Spiff (@atlasdanced) December 1, 2015
— Valia Babycats (@livetimefe) December 1, 2015
— Sudatta (@blackrosegal) December 1, 2015
Can't edit sheet. Place available for 3-4 ppl in besant nagar. There is power, internet at the moment. #chennairainshelp
— gradwolf (@gradwolf) December 1, 2015
— Sumant (@sumants) December 1, 2015
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 1, 2015
— #ChennaiRainsHelp (@virginkudi) December 2, 2015
Hear all mosques in Chennai have opened their doors for shelter and food. Anyone can use them. #chennairains
— Sruthisagar (@sruthisagar) December 1, 2015
— Shiva Jayashankar (@adyarite) December 1, 2015
Many influential personalities also joined in the plea for help
Oh god, please keep my Chennai and its people safe from the floods
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) December 1, 2015
Please send tweets to @rj_balaji & me. We are trying to contact groups to spread information for stranded people. Every message/call counts.
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 1, 2015
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) December 1, 2015
— Ajith ☜☆☞ Appu (@nazrudheenappu) December 1, 2015
My thoughts are with all the people in Chennai!!Please reach out and help those in need.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 1, 2015
Even Chennai's IPL team, the Chennai Super Kings has been active in trying to help out the city
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 2, 2015
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 1, 2015
Lastly, here's a tweet that will show that one can always make a difference, no matter how small
Our milk lady Radha in Chennai - been delivering for 25 years, and did not fail to show up this morning. pic.twitter.com/WrcCITS60e
— Ramanathan S (@madarassi) December 2, 2015
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Updated Date: Dec 02, 2015 13:29:52 IST