My beloved Chennai which we playfully tease as the city with diverse climatic conditions of Hot .. Hotter.. Hottest – is in a state of pure terror.
Rains are not the occasional soul-cleansing stream of water that triggers petrichor anymore. Rains have caused unbelievable havoc in the city. The residents and the Goverment of Tamil Nadu were not at all prepared for this kind of calamity. Rightly so. Who in their right mind could be ready for THIS much of rain. That too in Chennai.
People that are blaming the government for poor drainage systems and rain water management, I feel you. But no amount of preplanning could have saved us from THIS.
It blows my mind to think that, there have been times in the recent past where “drought” and “water scarcity” were the only concerns of this sinking city. Look at us now.
Every goddamn road is flooded and water logged. Some areas like Tambaram and Urapakkam reportedly have water upto 6feet and everyone are staying in the first floor of their homes (if they have one!!). You could save nothing. Furniture, electronics, documents – everything is washed out. And more importantly, the certificates and the degrees ! People have lost that too.
As if dirty water mixing with the area sewage that ALSO overflowed and entering your house isn’t enough… Snakes and other insects from God knows where come along. !!
So many people are affected by this, the mosquitoes are breeding, the other insects and dirty water cause too many diseases and it spreads! The worst part, how can they take someone to the hospital!? Even Pregnant ladies are not able to reach hospitals in their labour pain.!!
Chennai is a warm crisp city with the sun shinning down on you with all its might and you never really get a chance to see how bad things can become. Here. It’s all brought to light now! I literally didn’t wanna write all this down for so long because then I’m accepting in my subconscious mind that Chennai wasn’t ready to handle any of this. I couldn’t just face that. But come on, this is a friggin natural disaster and the INDIAN ARMY is deployed for rescue and evacuation since yesterday and the NAVY is on standby. !! This is SERIOUS.
People are suffering and none of it is covered by the “North Indian Media” !! Yes, that’s how we call it on Twitter these days. Thanks to Actor Siddharth and RJ Balaji for being fearless and spreading out the word. Not even a single coverage on the hell unleashing here in Chennai.
So I thought I’d do my part in letting people know. Help as much as you can. I’m so proud of people who open their homes to accommodate the ones living in flooded areas and some volunteer to distribute food and water.
Chennaites stand as ONE. We will get through this. We shall overcome.
Pray for Chennai.