“There were more volunteers than victims.”
That was the bottom-line in the Chennai Rains and Floods. The city faced its worst natural calamity. Most parts of Chennai was inundated.Normal life came to a halt, arterial roads were submerged in floods, connectivity was hit, power was down.
But then came out the Humans of Chennai, like silver linings in dark clouds. Helping one another in all possible ways they could.
Being a Chennai based company, we were badly hit too, and the damage was felt across our 35 Offices and over 110 Zeb Cares in India. We formed 2 teams, one to get Zebronics up & running again and the other helping the people of Chennai.
We used Facebook, Twitter as tools to gather information and inform people about our supplies distribution. As soon as the posts were updated, we got numerous calls from people in affected areas wanting food, water and also people outside India whose family/relatives/friends were trapped and asking to be rescued.
We did our best to cover as many flood affected areas as possible – Aynambakkam, SIDCO Nagar, Villivakkam, Korattur, Otteri, Oragadam Orphanage, Ashok Nagar, Pattalam, Kolathur, Semmancherri, IOC Nagar, Paalam, Chintadripet, Cuddalore, KK Nagar, Sathyamoorthy Nagar, Pulianthope, Ennore, Nolambore, Thirumlazhvoyil, Jaffarkhanpet, Vysarpadi, Mint, Pallikaranai, Manali.
- Biscuit packets – 4160
- Bread packets – 4145
- Chappatis – 300
- Milk – 55 Litres
- Water Cans – 2000
- Bed Sheets and Blankets – 50
- Tonic, Medicines – 320
Panic in Australia
A tweet about relief materials being arranged at flood affected areas of Chennai, led to a phone call from a worried Indian, Sathish Keshavan, working in Australia, who was not able to communicate with his parents staying in flood affected area of Korattur. That night, our team managed to locate and rescue his parents who were stuck in their house which was submerged in about 5ft water. The heaviness in his voice while thanking for the help, was a moment which our team still recalls. Sathish Keshavan also donated Rs.10,000 to Chennai Relief Fund after that call.