The Issue: Devastating Flooding in Chennai, India
Torrential downpours have brought life in Chennai, India, to a standstill. Nearly a week of nonstop flooding in late November besieged the city—which is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu—and more recent rain has only made the situation worse, the BBC reports. CNN reports that about 63 total inches of rain fell in November and early December, making it Tamil Nadu’s heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years.
Chennai is home to more than 4.6 million people and many technology companies, including Groupon. Groupon employs 800 people there, and has confirmation from 100% of Chennai’s Groupon employees that they are safe. While recovery efforts are underway, at one point most of the city was without power, the airport and schools were closed, and trains were canceled. Telephone service is still not operating fully. The government has reported that at least 272 people have died and about 28,000 people had to be rescued.
The Campaign: Donating to Those Affected by the Flood
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will go to the Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State Branch. For every $10 this Grassroots campaign raises, combined with matching donations from Groupon, the Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State Branch can purchase supplies and provide services for those affected by the flood. As the waters recede and the area switches from rescue to recovery efforts, help is needed on multiple fronts, including providing food, medical care, and shelter for those who had to be evacuated, as well as long-term rebuilding efforts.
All donations will be matched up to a $10,000 total by Groupon.
Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State Branch
The Karnataka State Branch focuses on providing relief during emergencies and disasters and also on health care. It operates myriad health services that run the gamut from blood banks to vision screening to a nursing home for disabled servicemen.
Education’s also a big part of the Karnataka State Branch. It organizes Youth and Junior Red Cross meetings for young people to teach them about first aid, HIV/AIDS, and literacy campaigns. The branch is part of the Indian Red Cross Society, which operates more than 700 branches throughout the country. The Karnataka State Branch is one of the country’s oldest; it was established in 1921, one year after the formation of the Indian Red Cross Society. The Indian Red Cross Society is a member of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian organization.