Is this the city in which I was born and brought up for 21 years? My heart is literally breaking to see my Chennai in this state. This is the worst ever natural calamity to have hit my city. Everywhere I see, there is water. I had never imagined that one day Chennai would be battling nature’s fury. In November, Chennai was flooded up to some extent. Just when the city was returning back to normalcy, another disastrous flood arrived. Now, it has left the entire city baffled. Schools, colleges, offices, shops and petrol bunks have been shut down. Mobile networks are sparse, making people unable to reach to their loved ones. There are power shutdowns in almost all the areas. Even the airport has been closed till December 6 due to heavy flooding. It is really disheartening to see Chennai drowning in water. This is a major setback for the bubbling city.
Nevertheless, it is the spirit of the city which has never died. I can proudly declare that the example of humanity is the people of Chennai (Chennaites). Hats off to the thousands of volunteers who have come forward to help other people and rescue them to safety. Food, drinking water, clothes, milk powder, biscuits and other basic amenities are being provided to the needy, while rescue operations have commenced, with the Army and Navy bringing in boats and helicopters. Accommodations are being provided by lots of Samaritans. Even popular malls and cinema complexes have opened their doors for the people to stay. There are also a few film actors and celebrities who have come forward to help the people. Helplines to connect people to their family members and friends have been introduced. Doctors from all over Chennai have been providing medical assistance and helping in delivering babies by travelling to the waterlogged areas of the patients.
A huge amount of donations have been made towards the Flood Relief Programme. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced ₹1000 crores in relief over the ₹940 crores announced by the TN government. Due to the shortage of milk and water, the price of a one-litre packet of milk has hiked to ₹100 in a few places and vegetables like tomato and beans are being sold at ₹80-₹90 per kg. Public transport has been made free for a few days for the people to commute without any hassles. And major taxi services have come up with free rides. Telecom companies are providing free talktime and internet for their users. A few good souls have also sent power banks for the people to charge their mobile phones.
The National Media might have been negligent initially, but the unanimous power called Social Media has helped a lot in the past few days. Everyone’s newsfeed has been replete with helpline numbers, information about volunteers, rescuers, struggling people, pregnant women & food suppliers, updates about the weather condition and search information of missing persons. My eyes are relieved from seeing posts about cinema reviews, check-ins, selfies, memes and trolls. It is heartwarming to see the people of Chennai not only helping those struggling in Chennai, but also in other parts of TN like Cuddalore, Kanchipuram and Pondicherry. The Navy has brought in its carrier INS Airavat with medical equipment, medicines and doctors. Furthermore, it has brought in 20 divers and swimmers along with 15 boats.
Here, I am listing a few basic helpline numbers.
Emergency Toll Free Number: 1910
State Emergency: 1070
District Emergency: 1077
Fire & Rescue: 101
Tree fall, waterlogging – 1913
Sewage overflow – 45674567, 22200335
And here are the area-wise helpline numbers:
Tiruvottiyur : 09445190001
Helpline of Flood Control Room: 28593990, 044-28410577,9445869843/47
If you need doctors, refer to this:
DOCTOR’S ASSISTANCE in #KKNagar #AshokNagar #WestMambalam #Saidapet
For people trying to contact Dr. Vignesh Raj for food or medical assistance, please reach any of these following numbers.
If you want to trace missing persons, try this:
And this helpline is for Cuddalore:
For those who want leave for their native places, the Poonamallee highway is safe and operational. Also, buses to towns are running from Koyambedu too.
Area-wise doctors for help:
Some of the initiatives by taxi, food and money services:
Here are few ATMs which are functional:
If you need rescue services, you can refer to these:
I request people to share this information as much as possible and help the needy. This is a testing time for Chennai. And I am sure, my city would bounce back to normalcy with help from the humanitarian souls who are reaching out to people.
To all the Chennaites out there, keep up the good work, stay safe and take of yourself. 🙂
For more helplines and info about rescuers & food suppliers, follow my FB profile: Kavya Janani