Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have played a crucial role in spreading messages to help marooned citizens in flood ravaged Chennai, with many offering voluntary services and establishing contact with loved ones through these medium.
Though several areas were inundated in last week's heavy rains, people still managed to post messages seeking help or sharing information about those ready to offer help. A Twitter user, Shreyasi Ghosh took to the social media to seek help for a pregnant woman in heavily waterlogged Mudichur near Tambaram.
"VERY URGENT. PREGNANT LADY IN LABOUR PAINS. NEED VOLUNTEERS. PLEASE RT.#ChennaiRainsHelp," Shreyasi tweeted from her handle @gshreyasi. The message saw immediate reactions as offers for help poured in and the woman was transported to a hospital.
The news of her having delivered a healthy baby boy was also posted on sites. One Sravanti @sravi_sam tweeted: "My heart pains for those women.. Undergoing labour and are giving birth to the little souls in these devastating situations:(#Chennairains)".
The networks also came in handy for those in low lying areas who sought help from government officials and volunteers. "@ChennaiCares These are basic necessities essential and medical that are required immediately.#ChennaiRainsHelp," another user wrote, sharing details about essential items.
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Users also shared details about availability of milk, water, clothes and towels on social networking sites. Another user @AidsOffered said, "Pandian Stores, Village Road #Nungambakkam selling #towels,#underwear, #blankets at no profit rates call 044-2827 2940."