December 8th, 2015
Chennai flood has united everyone. And several volunteers come up with Survival Solutions During Chennai Floods.
Salem Citizens forum posted these pictures. This is ‘bamboo house’ designed as temporary shelter, designed for low-income people. It costs only Rs.4800 (~70 USD) to put this together. This is what they had to say about it: “This 96 sq feet bamboo structure could easily house a family of four till they reconstruct their homes and lives. A lot of improvisation would be done to the same and it would also be fitted with solar lights ..All this for only 4800/-“
Salem Citizens’ Forum’s next design is their raft boats. They made about 25 of these boats using bamboo. They used inflatable tires to make the boats float on water. They sent these to Chennai and Cuddalore.
Raft Boats in Action:
‘Nilavembu Kashayam’ is a Siddha (tamil) medicine that is used for preventing fever and acts as disinfectant. It’s mainly made using neem leaves and other herbal leaves. We could see people all over Chennai preparing this and distributing to people to prevent contagious diseases and infections.
We could see this method of transporting relief materials all over Chennai. This team ventured into interior places in Chennai where water levels were still high, so they used drums for easy transport in water.
Drums for Rescuing People:
A lot of people in Chennai used drums with inflated tires to save children and senior citizens.
Some banks started driving around mobile ATMs to help people get cash.
Many places did not have electricity for more than three days. Many suggested use of children’s crayons to light up in dark.