In flooded city, residents show resolve

In the aftermath of the floods caused by the heavy rains in Chennai over the past week, the city’s residents are trying to do their bit towards the relief efforts. Some of them are turning to effectively use social networks for this.

The city has received some of its heaviest rains in recorded history since the onset of the North East monsoon. Pradeep John, who is an amateur meteorologist and a weather blogger who uses the psuedonym “Tamilnaduweatherman” on social networks, says the city on an average received 850 mm of its annual average of 1200 mm during the months North East monsoon is active.
This year, it has already received more than its annual average in the two weeks since monsoon set in on October 29.
The relief efforts carried out by the government officials is coming in for praise from various residents.

 

The city experienced relatively much lesser rains on Tuesday than it has in the past week. Some parts of the city experienced a semblance of normalcy, but there was no easy let off from the floods in several low-lying areas, especially the ones located next to the city’s water ways.

On social networks, there were genuine acts of volunteerism with people offering their homes/offices for those in need. One such message posted by Gokul Nath Sridhar, from the content discovery App TenReads, on Facebook on Monday offering to help any known friend of friends with accommodation at his apartment in Perungudi was shared more than 200 times within a couple of hours of posting it.

On Tuesday, he posted: “I’m thrilled to say that we were able to accommodate Ranjith Kumar, who cooked us amazing Aloo Masala for dinner! We wish we could have helped more folks, but unfortunately, we couldn’t.”

There were startups that offered their office space for temporarily for those who were unable to reach their offices, especially in the much affected “IT corridor.”

Co-working space rentals TheWorks@ on Monday posted on Facebook: “Folks, if anyone affected by the rains is looking for a place to work out of for today or tomorrow, ping us at The Works At. We have a few extra seats across our OMR, Alwarpet and Kilpauk locations that you can use at NO CHARGE for a day.”

Entrepreneur Senthil Nayagam reached out to the CEO of Oyo Rooms Ritesh Agarwal and impressed upon him to offer discounted rates because of the floods. Oyo offered the discount, and the message got shared on Facebook.

(This article is published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License) Attributable to Karthik Subramanian.

 

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