5 ways to help Chennai stay afloat!

Life has come to a stand-still in Chennai. Torrential downpour, flooding and a death toll crossing the 180 mark has become the new order of the day. According to the MET department the worst is yet not over. However, the city has emerged as a fighter, with people going out of their way to help each other. Inviting stranded strangers with open arms into their homes to share food, provide shelter and generously make both cash and in-kind donations. We truly admire Chennai’s spirit.

The rain fury has however, left many marooned in Chennai and in order to multiply impact we need your support. Here are some easy ways to give back and do your bit:

1, Provide a helping hand – if you are a Chennai resident please open your homes for those who are stranded. Use the hashtag #ChennaiRainsHelp to offer or request shelter or aid. A good deed like this is priceless and will go a long way in supporting victims of this disaster. You can open your home to anyone stranded by filling this form.

2, Volunteer – If you want to take your efforts a step forward: stop thinking, get outdoors and START VOLUNTEERING. You can enrol into volunteering here: http://volunteers.org/chennai-floods/ or http://www.chennaivolunteers.org/.

3, Citizen Journalist – Yes, thanks to social media, everyone is a journalist today. We need to leverage that and create awareness about who needs relief and basic necessities and of course success stories. Use relevant hashtags like #ChennaiFloods #Chennai #ChennaiRains to provides real time updates about the situation.

Use this website to report flooded streets in your area: http://osm-in.github.io/flood-map/chennai.html#11/13.0000/80.2000

If you’re not in Chennai re-share and you can also help spread the word about these help lines that Chennai Corporation has announced as Emergency Contact Numbers for all the regional zones in the city.

Help Line Numbers
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Tree fall, Water logging – 1913
Sewage overflow – 45674567, 22200335
State Emergency: 1070
District Emergency: 1077
Electricity: 1912
Fire & Rescue: 101

1st Regional
Office(Tiruvottiyur) – 9445190001
2nd Regional Office(Manali) – 9445190002
3rd Regional Office(Madhavaram) – 9445190003
4th Regional Office(Tondiarpet) – 9445190004
5th Regional Office(Royapuram)- 9445190005
6th Regional Office(Thiru. Vi. Ka. Nagar) – 9445190006
7th Regional Office(Ambattur) – 9445190007
8th Regional Office(Annanagar) – 9445190008
9th Regional Office(Teynampet) – 9445190009
10th Regional Office(Kodambakkam) – 9445190010
11th Regional Office (Valasaravakkam)- 9445190011
12th Regional Office(Alandur) – 9445190012
13th Regional Office (Adyar)- 9445190013
14th Regional Office(Perungudi) – 9445190014
15th Regional Office(Sholinganallur) – 9445190015

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4, Donate – Impact Guru and World Vision India have come together to raise money for Chennai to provide basic necessities like World Vision India are raising money to provide basic necessities like food, provisions, bed sheets, clothes to the victims. We are writing to Godrej Group in particular because of its social inclination. Donate here: www.impactguru.com/chennai

5, Start a fundraising campaign or initiative in your area. Take cue from a corporates like Zomato and Paytm who are initiated their own relief programs. You can organize  your own donation drives, crowdfunding campaigns or medical aid camp.

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