Rewind to Dec 1st 2015…The Chennai that got flooded!
Heavy rains lashed on us from evening and was pouring non-stop. Power went off by 11pm. Little did we know that we’ll be off power for the next 15 days.
We couldn’t sleep properly with police sirens and gushing water sounds through the night.
We woke up to a damp and wet morning. No network on phones. No charge either. Peeping out of the balcony gave us a complete shock, as the cars I saw were submerged in water.
I stay in an apartment of 400 flats and we ran down to check the status of our car.
One more shock as we realized the stagnant water at parking was 5ft. Holy God! How did this ever happen!!
My husband S and our neighbor P ventured in the water slowly inching towards the main gate to get more information on this terrible flooded situation.
There S came to know that many senior citizens staying in our apartment wanted to move to safer places but didn’t know how.
That moment another neighbor offered his airbed, if it can be of some help.
That was exactly what S was looking for.
Now S and P jointly helped all the senior citizens to move out of the apartment by making them sit on the airbed and pushed the airbed manually towards the entrance where they were transported via a boat to the nearest pick up point which was accessible by road.
I really didn’t know how many citizens they helped to move out but it was tiring work for 5 days as families deciding to move out increased day by day owing to lack of water, power and many of them were scared to stay alone.
Also S helped in bringing drinking water cans to the apartment for the people who stayed back. He even took lists from He even took lists from people for milk, vegetables and basic medicines and got it all for them.
By the end of 10 days he was so tired of wading through the water so many times…but only physically. His determination to help others was stronger than the physical tiredness he felt.
Till the water drained and we returned to normalcy, S was down helping people.
I’ve appreciated him then but today’s post is an ode to him and his courage and selflessness, as I salute my HERO – my husband!