14 Photos That Show How Chennai Rains Haven’t Dampened The People’s Spirit

Posted on November 17, 2015 in Lists, Society

By Ankita Mukhopadhyay:

With 246.5 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, Chennai has drowned in what can be said to be its worst flood crisis since 2005. 79 people have already perished in rain-related incidents across Tamil Nadu and according to recent Meteorological (Met) reports, Chennai is going to receive more rain in the next 24 hours.

The Met department had alerted the Tamil Nadu government of above normal rainfall in September itself, but the Corporations did little to be prepared for the rains. The city has come to a standstill with schools and colleges closed, but the spirit of the people hasn’t been shaken.

People fearlessly got out onto the streets to help animals and the elderly, some students even rowed a boat to reach their examination centre! Ola cabs launched a boat service with professional rowers to rescue people for free from waterlogged areas to safer places. Here’s hoping that Chennai recovers soon from this massive natural disaster. Concerned individuals have shared the following helpline numbers for Chennai residents:

Tree fall, waterlogging: 1913
Sewage overflow: 45674567
Blue cross: 9176025265

If you are in Chennai and stuck in the floods, do share with us pictures of the ground conditions.

Facebook user Harish Venky shared photographs of this policeman opposite Anna University who told him to “stay safe” and keep his phone inside.

I salute this cop !!! Just opposite to anna university !!!And i opened the car window and said “Thank You Sir” and he replied “keep ur phone inside and be safe” _/\_#Respect

Posted by Harish Venki on Sunday, 15 November 2015

Pushkal Shivam and Aaron Antony made it in time to IIT Madras for giving an exam and submitting their term papers!

The #ChennaiRains did not stop Pushkal Shivam and Aaron Antony make their way to IIT Madras to submit their term papers and give their exams! (They made it just in time.)Photos via Pushkal Shivam

Posted by Youth Ki Awaaz on Monday, 16 November 2015

Kids make the most of the rain and rejoice as school gets cancelled.

Due to heavy rain tomorrow has been declared holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai.Source – Thanthi TV

Posted by My Chennai on Monday, 16 November 2015

And you thought a sofa was meant to remain indoors.

Who needs boat when you have a sofa!Fzee

Posted by Madras Memoirs on Sunday, 15 November 2015

Citizens help animals and the elderly stay safe during the floods.

Journalists carry on.

Gully cricket – with or without rains.

A charitable trust works to deliver food packets to those affected by the rains.

#RaghavaLawrence Charitable Trust Provides Food Packets To Those Affected By Rain In Chennai!#Chennairains #Respect

Posted by Multiplex Movies on Monday, 16 November 2015

Traffic policemen pitch in to fill potholes.

Party workers manage to put up photos and banners of Jayalalitha!

Indigenous water drainage systems are set up.

Hot trends in Chennai now.. #ChennaiRains

Posted by Democratic Paper on Monday, 16 November 2015

These two men catch a moment’s silence in the midst of the storm.

This little superstar dances his way through the rains.

Police officers undertake rescue operations.