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With love and concern, all the way from Mumbai

Sarath Selvanathan, a Mumbai-based diamond jeweller, talks about how Non-Residential Madrasis, a group of Chennai-origin people in Mumbai, carried out relief operations for the flood-hit in Chennai

With love and concern, all the way from Mumbai
Sarath Selvanathan


Sarath, now in Chennai, recollects linking sources and contacts to reach out to the needy and the group’s plans for rehabilitating those affected in the floods.

We are a 20-member strong group called Non-Residential Madrasis. It is a social platform for people who originally hail from the city. The members meet quite often in Mumbai, where we are engaged in different occupations. 

When we first heard about the floods, we immediately started calling up parents to look them up. Slowly the calls extended to check on relatives and then friends.

 Getting an idea of the extent of damage the floods had caused, we wanted to take more steps for more relief measures. It was very disheartening to see the city we call our home flooded. Swinging into action, we decided to extend our support and organise relief packets to be sent to Chennai. 

Collecting close to Rs 3 lakh, we put together relief kits comprising mosquito-repellents, sanitary napkins, coils,etc and sent it to those in need, in places across the city. After the relief operations, our next focus is rehabilitation. We plan to use the funds we have raised for that purpose

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