Over the last few days, social media, especially Twitter and Facebook, has connected those stranded in the Chennai floods with those willing to go the extra mile, sometimes in knee-deep sludge, to help them. The devastation caused by the floods have uprooted people from their homes and caused massive damage to life and property.
But people in Chennai, and all over the country have risen as one to help those struggling to stay on dry ground after the worst cloudburst in a century brought their lives to a standstill. Google documents listing volunteers have been created and people have opened their homes to the homeless. Brands have pitched in with food, shelter and essential supplies to help get Chennai up on its feet.
But even then, sometimes cries for help can slip through the cracks of constantly churning social media. Here are some people who have tweeted seeking urgent help. If you are a volunteer, running an NGO, or simply someone who has access to resources, help these people get access to it.
Help needed - food and water at
Flat 2E Ramaniyam Aarudhra
15 Habibulah road
Chennai 17— Satish Iyer (@satiyer) December 3, 2015
Please save these guys.... no shelter n food..... In ashok nagarDecember 2, 2015
Parents in 1st floor No food
60 3rd St Anjugam Ngr, Ashok Ngr Ch 83
Opp Kasi Theatre
Plz HelpDecember 2, 2015
Address: 39, third main road, AGS colony, velachery #CHENNAIRAINHELP. My family needs rescue urgently!— Vrinda ツ☆ (@vrindaprasad) December 2, 2015
@khushsundar Mam, any updates on K.K.nagar? My elderly parents are stranded there in P.T.Rajan salai,K.K.nagar.not reachable.plz help— pavithra (@pavithrarv) December 3, 2015
@tw_bhav not yet.Still rationing on UPS.waiting for daylight.going 2 reach out to a nursing home nearby to see if they can accommodate.— Arjuun (@arjuunsraman) December 2, 2015
Elderly parents running out of drinking water in Besant Nagar. Kaveri Street, Kalakshetra Colony.Any1 who supplies? https://t.co/ojv2RyDoOR— ApartmentADDA (@ApartmentADDA) December 3, 2015
pregnant lady, expecting twins any day
9788835444. No 47, kalasthamman koil
street Ramavaram #ChennaiHelpDecember 3, 2015
URGENT: Water level up to first floor near Raghavendra Temple, Guruswamy Nagar 4th St. People stranded crying for help. #ChennaiRescue— Dinakaran Rengachary (@dinakaran) December 2, 2015
Thoughts with Ashwin, who is batting right now. We have not heard from his parents in over 24hours. I can only pray he keeps his strength.— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) December 3, 2015