This year too there were no rains in sight until the end of October and everybody was bracing themselves for yet another year of water shortage.
Just as the city was recovering from the last onslaught, it rained heavily non-stop for 2 days straight yet again putting pressure on the already burdened drains, bringing the entire city to a standstill on December 1st. With no current and water logging, watching news on TV or getting newspapers was not possible for the first few days. From weather forecast updates on skymet, to latest updates on Twitter of how to commute from one point to another based on which roads the water had receded. Every time the mobile signal improved everybody tried to reach out to their loved ones by posting and commenting on Twitter, Facebook, etc., which happened instantaneously unlike messaging which takes time to send or download, thereby enabling communication before the signal went off again. Even as normal calls were not going through, the calls made through WhatsApp were having lesser drop rates, helping people stay in touch.
Facebook came up with ‘Chennai Flooding safety check’ where by marking yourself safe, allowed all your friends to know that you are doing just fine. As #chennairains turned to #chennaifloods, the entire country started waking up to the magnitude of the problems faced by Chennai, help started pouring from other cities and rest of the world. People who were finding it difficult to contact friends, relatives or rescue teams in other parts of the city, contacted people outside of Chennai, who then in turn got in touch with media and rescue teams to get help or updates on their loved ones.
Even though lot of emergency contact numbers were doing the rounds, due to weak signals getting through those numbers had become very difficult.
Apart from coordinating rescue efforts, groups like Chennai Rain Relief on Facebook provided basic tips on how to rescue people and lists of do’s and don’ts.
Groups like The Pound, The Chennai Adoption Drive, Blue Cross Chennai and many such groups on Facebook helped in the rescue of many stranded animals. Chennai Rains, a weather blogging community put out regular weather forecast updates and crushed many a rumours that were doing the rounds.
A crowd-sourced effort was carried out to map inundated roads in Chennai, along with information on water-logged points and flood relief camps.
With ATM’s being down Paytm and many such websites became the go to place for anybody who wanted to donate money towards this cause. While this year’s rains have left us with lots to ponder upon and lots to feel proud of, one thing they have done is make people aware of the power of social media.

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Then comes November and Tamil Nadu, more specifically Chennai was hit with one cyclone after another. And with radio signals being poor, social media accessed through mobile phones became the most popular means of staying in touch with what was happening in the city. A special mention to the people of Bengaluru who were not just one of the first cities to respond, but they carried out similar efforts through social media which backed the efforts carried out in Chennai through ?#?bengaluruforchennai and #?bengalurucares.
As a result Twitter (with #chennairains, #chennaivolunteer, #chennairescue and #chennairainshelp trending) and Facebook became the ‘go to’ places for everything related to the rescue efforts, from listing out worst affected areas and their requirements, putting out SOS and volunteering help. Apart from providing medical care and temporary shelters, they also helped unite pet owners with their estranged pets and find homes for the homeless animals. This situation has made even a person like me who has a Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest accounts, just for the sake of it, to consider putting in more efforts towards maintaining and building a network that goes beyond just close friends, so that the right people can be reached at the right time.

Continuity in communications during emergencies is essential for all levels of business and as such effective business planning should include a disaster recovery strategy. In an era where even terrorism needs to considered in risk assessment and business continuity planning it's prudent to have a telecoms recovery solution in place. Phone calls will continue to be handled with landlines, mobiles or VoIP phones acting as extensions with your customers unaware of any problems.
These are the regions that traditionally have flooding problems every year, while Tamil Nadu is left reeling under droughts year after year. This last month the rains broke all records with an unprecedented 1218 mm of rainfall, compared to 493 mm in 2009 when we last had heavy rains.
Rivers which have had more sewage than water and lakes which have been absolutely dry for more than 20 years breached their banks leading to surrounding areas being submerged, with water rising up to the 2nd floor in some places. And with mobile networks becoming weak and the landlines getting cut as well, it left the city dark and isolated. Even with limited connectivity, having a charged mobile became such a critical asset that along with food, water and other relief material, power banks were distributed allowing people to charge their phones. Knowing where and with what to provide help, enabled common citizens to go out and volunteer in large numbers. Never in the recallable memory has Chennai experienced something so catastrophic, where even the connectivity between people had been cut off completely for so long. So much so that an army official was quoted saying that this was the first time he saw more volunteers than people who needed to be rescued.
They also helped in coordinating rescue efforts between the volunteers, most of whom were common people with no prior volunteering experience, the NDRF and the army. Due to this effort more areas got covered with timely rescue and delivery, of the most needed materials.

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  1. Admin
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