Thursday, September 16, 2021

Chennai Floods: Updates & Helpline Numbers

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Nightmare of Chennai, indefinite raining has been brought within one of the worst monsoons in 100 years. Chennai, the capital of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has been hit by floods, and the situation is getting worse as time passes by.

What is out of service?

At 3.57 am, the IndiGo server informed about the closing of the city’s international airport. The runways, as well as the area around the airport, are covered with water. It is not clear when the flights will return to their normal daily routine. However, heavy rain is expected in the following days, and The Indian Express has claimed December 6th as the reopening date. Some reports claim there are still about 400 passengers blocked inside the airport.

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(source: http://www.ndtv.com/photos/news/5-pics-chennai-airport-flooded-flight-operations-suspended-21068)

The railway service has been limited until Wednesday evening; 12 trains have been canceled from the effects of water on the trucks. Train services severely hit due to heavy downpour, Zeenews. India wrote:

The bridge at Adayar River between Saidapet and Guindy Stations in Chennai Beach – Tambaram section has been damaged due to the heavy water overflowing in the Adayar River girder shifting in up and down suburban lines. Detailed inspection and condition of the bridge on the mainline can be assessed only after the water recedes sufficiently, and therefore suburban services are likely to remain affected. This is for the information of passengers. The inconvenience caused is regretted.

The helpline numbers

As the capital of Tamil Nadu suffers from the terrifying situation of the floods, the country officials released the helpline numbers that should provide elementary protection in this difficult time.

Helpline numbers:

NDRF: 011-24363260, 00919711077372
Tree fall, Waterlogging – 1913
Sewage overflow – 45674567, 22200335
State Emergency: 1070
District Emergency: 1077
Electricity: 1912
Fire & Rescue: 101 

Since the Indian army is highly involved in the rescue action, there is also the number to contact their department directly.

Indian Navy’s helpline number in Chennai: +914425394240

The Indian Army’s helpline: 9840295100

“Residents of Chennai got free calling minutes and data from telecom service providers,” The Economic Times informed.

While looking for help, people from Chennai might use the internet website created, especially for the current crisis. You may find more information about spare accommodation, food aid, and other rescue services on chennairains.org.

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(source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/amid-flooding-chennai-residents-hope-for-groundwater-recharge/article5415246.ece)

The Food packets and other help

Swayamsevaks spread out around 1500 food packets, water, and other relief material in Kolathur. “Nandamuri Brothers NTR and Kalyan Ram have announced aid for the flood victims affected by the torrential rains striking Chennai. NTR has announced a contribution of Rs 10 Lakhs, and Kalyan Ram has announced a contribution of Rs 5 Lakhs. The amounts will go to the Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers Relief Fund,” moviegallery.net wrote. Other famous people and actors from Bollywood have joined the solidarity as well.

People on social networks are also attempting to be involved in the rescue movements. Users of Twitter or Facebook are contacting others to gain the volunteers to pack, distribute or assist the rescue mission. On behalf of The Food Truck Association, the company Fuel Up is asking for the needed material or food for the area of Chennai on Facebook. For more information, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/fuelupfuelup/posts/1720460071517130. One can also provide help on the website http://chennaifloods.ketto.org/.

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(source: http://www.ndtv.com/tamil-nadu-news/tamil-nadu-batterred-by-rain-army-called-in-for-rescue-ops-live-updates-1249893)

Fact about disaster

Till Wednesday, the floods have taken the life of at least 188 people. Till Wednesday, 20000 people have been rescued from the critical areas. “India Meteorological Department Director B.P. Yadav said that Chennai received 294 millimeters of rainfall in the past 24 hours,” The Wall Street Journal India wrote. “India’s National Disaster Response Force dispatched 300 more rescue workers, in addition to hundreds already on the ground, according to local media reports,” the same source wrote.

Messages from social networks

Money acts or words can provide solidarity. Social media users are publishing messages that contain their deepest feelings toward Chennai. Pray for Chennai!

 

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