Saturday, December 5, 2015

Chennai floods relief fund

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Most of us know about the Chennai floods. It is heart breaking to see the videos on NEWS ,Face Book and Twitter. A lot of mixed emotions ran through my mind seeing all this.I have lived in that city for 22 years and has never seen such a disaster. How did all this happen ? These are some of the reasons that I think could have contributed:

1)People from different parts of Tamil Nadu come to Chennai due to IT expansion and hence its population drastically increased in the past few years
2) That lead to land scarcity for people to live so more lake and low level areas being converted to multi story apartments.
3) Concrete everywhere and no open space  for water to be absorbed by soil.
4) No proper drainage system to channelize water from reservoir during rainy season
5) People who dont follow any rules and corrupted government.
6)Every time when people violated rules they never realized it would come back to bite them.

This video is thought provoking :


I dont think we can fix all the damage already done. We have to just hope that the city gets back to the state where it was before. There are so many NGO's and other go fund me links https://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=search&page=3&term=chennai+flood set up to donate money.

I have done my part please do contribute some money to help them if possible. Also there are many initiatives started but the various Tamil Sangam across US . Below are some of the initiatives to collect money for Tamil relief fund:
Austinhttp://www.suvaiindiankitchen.com/ - Their website says "Dine with us and we Send 100% Proceeds For Chennai Food Relief Dec 6 Sunday, All day. & 25% discount on entire order".
Houston:  You can donate through Greater Houston Tamil school at their website http://houstontamilschools.org/ and donate through paypal
Bay Area Tamil Mandram : Bay area Tamil Manram is collecting funds through this paypal link  http://tinyurl.com/huxwkgz
Sacramanto Tamil Mandram : They are collecting money through this paypal link http://www.sactamil.org/jmain/index.php/tamil-nadu-flood
Las Vegas Tamil Mandram: You can donate through this link http://www.vegastamils.org/Home.aspx
Arizona Tamil Sangam : You can donate here http://www.azindia.com/donatefor.aspx?id=21610&donate=donate
It is so heartening to see so many Tamil organisations collecting money for this cause.Please check your local Tamil Organisation and help the people in need. Also if you know of more organisations please add it to the list.
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