01/02/2016 8:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

WATCH: How Chennai Volunteers Made 1.7 Lakh Food Boxes In 90 Hours

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Indian residents carry children as they walk through floodwaters in Chennai on December 3, 2015. Thousands of rescuers raced to evacuate residents from deadly flooding, as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the southern state of Tamil Nadu to survey the devastation. More than 40,000 people have been rescued in recent days after record rains lashed the coastal state, worsening weeks of flooding that has killed 269 people AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP / STRDEL (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Over two days, it rained 34 times the normal amount in Chennai. The power and cellphone networks were down and large parts of the city were inundated. The rain didn't look like it would let up, and it didn't for the rest of the week. Amidst this uncertainty, one thing was clear. People needed help.

Food was something that would always be needed, and restaurant owner Santosh decided that this was how he could help. He set about cooking a big batch of food. Surprisingly, despite news, television and cellphone networks all being down, the word got out. Volunteers began arriving in droves to help out. Together, working for straight 90 hours, they cooked, packed and distributed 1.7 lakh boxes of food.

In the time when nothing seemed certain, these 300 people decided to choose hope and action. Watch their inspiring story in this short video.

How one man cooked for 170,000 people during the Chennai Floods

How one man cooked for 170,000 people during the Chennai FloodsWhen floods hit Chennai, restaurant owner Santosh started cooking for stranded families across the city. Soon, word got out and in a couple of hours, about 300 volunteers joined in his effort of cooking and packing meals, together distributing 1.7 lakh boxes of food in 94 hours. #RememberingChennai

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