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Reporter’s Diary: Chennai forgets to help victim of inundation

For all of us who were in Chennai during December 2015 floods, images of Chennaiites helping one another in times of disaster remain fresh in memory. This scribe has also covered several such stories during the time.

Reporter’s Diary: Chennai forgets to help victim of inundation


However, a recent incident involving this scribe turned out to be quite the opposite. Following the recent rains that led to inundation in several parts of the city, this scribe had gone to Korattur to check out the plight of residents who were suffering from the heavy downpour as rainwater had entered several houses.

While talking to a 60-year-old woman who lives on Railway Station Road in Korattur that was flooded, she recounted how worried she was as their situation was similar to Chennai floods in 2015. She also complained that the government failed to take any steps after 2015.

Just as this reporter was trying to understand the gravity of the situation, she got a real time feel of it in a minute. After speaking to the woman, when the reporter took one step further, she fell into a pit that was more than 4 feet deep, up to her neck.

Ironically, though many men were standing around this scribe, they just stood and watched without coming forward to help. After struggling for a while, this reporter screamed for help when a little boy came forward and reached out to her.

Even after seeing the boy helping her, none of the others bothered to come forward and instead stood and commented. This reporter then realized why the elderly woman was so worried.

— Swedha Radhakrishnan, Chennai

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