Chennai opens its doors to the stranded, rallies support online

Published Dec 2, 2015, 8:03 pm IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 9:26 pm IST
NGOs, activists and individuals co-ordinated online to carry out rescue operations in city
Members of the Khalsa aid team distributing relief after the Chennai floods. (Photo: Twitter)
 Members of the Khalsa aid team distributing relief after the Chennai floods. (Photo: Twitter)

Chennai:  As Chennai battles the worst flood situation it has seen in decades, residents of the city are not waiting around for the government to provide relief but are taking the lead to help those in need.

Many residents took to social media and offered help to those stranded in the rain. The opened their doors for those who had no shelter to protect them from nature’s fury. Hundreds were left without any place to go as all flights from Chennai were cancelled.


Citizens, whose homes were not inundated by rainwater, offered accommodation and shared their numbers online for contact. A google spreadsheet has been making the rounds on Twitter where those who can provide shelter to fellow citizens have put down their names, address and contact numbers.

Anxious citizens sought help and asked for assistance for their near and dear ones who were unreachable and stuck far away from home due to the rains.


NGOs, activists and individuals rallied support online to carry out rescue operations for those stuck in rain battered areas. Their efforts included getting rescue boats and distributing food to the victims.

The Chennai Corporation has announced emergency contact numbers for all the regional zones in the city.

People can contact the following numbers in case of any emergency:

Tree fall, waterlogging - 1913

Sewage overflow - 45674567, 22200335

State Emergency - 1070

District Emergency - 1077

Electricity - 1912

Fire & Rescue -101


Other office numbers that can be contacted for assistance are as follows:

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

Location: Tamil Nadu