Two days of continuous torrential rains have brought Chennai to a standstill, with floods forcing government to shut down the city airport and railway stations. Thousands of civilians continue to remain trapped awaiting help, food and medical care.
And to aid them, netizens from the state and various parts of the country have taken to social media. On Twitter, hashtags like #ChennaiRainsHelp, #Chennaifloods and Chennairains helpline have been created to aid rescue efforts and provide food and medicine to marooned people.
Here’s how Social Media is helping different groups to help the flood victims.
Groups providing food
Humzaa is preparing food fr 3000 mmbs & want ppls to distribute inT.Nagar & Saidapet area ph:7299111994 Can sm1 help him #ChennaiFloods— Sumit Tyagi (@ImSTS10) December 2, 2015
For food packets in and around Kottivakkam, Palavakkam, Neelankarai, Tiruvanmiyur & Adyar,contact 98405 60589 & 99402 95330 #ChennaiFloods— Tamil Movies (@tamil_films) December 2, 2015
Ppl who need food, shelter nd medical aid near Paalavakkam can contact Dr.Latha n Dr.Sai kishore : 9840017184 , 04424490073 #ChennaiFloods— Niraj #HDL (@Nir_27) December 1, 2015
I’m around T Nagar with a car. Please let me know if anyone needs anything (groceries, food, anything)! #ChennaiRainsHelp— Saleem Pheku (@prdyt) December 2, 2015
Those offering shelter to the homeless
Sathyam Cinemas Royapetah / AGS Villivakkam / PHOENIX Mall / Mayajaal now open for people stranded in floods #ChennaiFloods— Balaji Gopal (@gopalbalaji) December 1, 2015
Guys,if you notice any stray animals on the road please give them shelter for the night. They can’t ask for help. #ChennaiRainsHelp— Archana Kalpathi (@archanakalpathi) December 1, 2015
Information about helplines
Towing service Phone Mobile:98 41 156584 Work:044 5527 3759 #ChennaiFloods— Karthigaichelvan S (@karthickselvaa) December 2, 2015
HELPLINE : Tree fall, water logging – 1913 Electricity – 1912 Sewage overflow – 45674567 Poisonous reptiles – 22200335 #ChennaiRainsHelp— HSEMAЯ$ (@ramesh4f) December 1, 2015
Help on how to deal with dangerous reptiles
Offers to recharge prepaid mobile connections
Feel free to send recharge requests . Partner doing it as I’m driving #chennairains— Prashanth (@itisprashanth) December 2, 2015
Anyone who is stuck in #Chennairains and is low on mobile balance. Pls share number n network provider name…will recharge their mobile— JaiSingh (@BhaktsGOD) December 1, 2015
Feature image source: PTI