Today’s post is not going to be as long as the usual posts
With receding waters, Chennai city and suburbs on Saturday battled hard to pick up pieces of life but occasional heavy rains threatened to revive the ghost of flooding as lakhs of people in the worst-hit areas faced acute short supply of essentials including water, power, milk and food items.
Arterial Mount Road and several other important roads were opened for traffic on Friday after three days of disruption bringing a slight sense of normalcy as water levels in Adyar and Cooum rivers and other channels came down following reduced discharge of water from Chembarambakkam, Puzhal and Poondi, and Red Hills rivers dotting the city’s outskirts.
Among all this chaos, multiple stories of humanity have emerged.
Stories like a little girl in Pune who donated all her toys to Chennai children, Auto drivers in Mumbai asking their passengers to donate for Chennai. Little girl in Trivandrum donating all her savings. Stories like people of all religions just divided in two groups – victims and volunteers coming together and helping the city of Chennai.
One such story which did not have such a happy ending is of a Volunteer Bharath (1994 -December 4th, 2015) from Saidapet Chennai.
I was appalled when I could not find a single media house publishing any thing at all about this brave young man a volunteer till 4th Of December 2015, and should have been declared a martyr, who lost his life saving the flood victims.
With help pouring in from all over the world – and not only from India, yes Chennai will be forced to bounce back. but what about this young boy who was washed away while helping others and it was not the flow of water but pathetic condition of Chennai infrastructure was responsible for this grave loss. India lost a brave young man who like many others acted to the social cause who like many others was so alive. who like many others, was dear to his family. the city lost a brave citizen and the family lost a dear son. In an ideal state of affairs, he should have got a hero’s farewell. But we are not living in an Ideal world. With a hope that the world is changing fast, we at the incredible stories team bid farewell to our friend Mr. Bharath
Rest in peace