How the city braved it out

Print edition : December 25, 2015

People being evacuated by fishermen who had brought their boats to badly hit localities. Photo: Shaju John

The absence of a quick administrative response led to many people making do with temporary shelters such as this one on Anna Salai. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A member of a volunteer medical team attending to people in Vyasarpadi. Photo: V. Ganesan

Wading through knee-deep water to distribute food packets in Vyasarpadi. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Volunteers of the Bhoomika Trust preparing food for displaced people. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Distributing food packets in Ram Nagar, Velachery. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Muslim youth carrying out rescue operations in a Chennai suburb. Photo: By Special Arrangement

When Chennai was sinking, the government machinery was absent for all practical purposes. It was the civil society and volunteer groups, cutting across caste, creed and religion, which came to people’s rescue, scripting extraordinary stories of everyday courage, sacrifice and resilience.
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