AIR Chennai, is continuously extending helping hand to the needy Chennai people marooned with floods caused by incessant monsoon rains pouring down for several days. 24×7 FM Rainbow channel through its Help Line Numbers 044-24991014/044-24980060 offering help to the needy for the past 72 hours. The most of the Chennai city households are without power supply for the last 3 days. AIR FM Rainbow Chennai is proved to be the most preferred Channel by the public.
Even though Chennai is having 11 Private FM Operators, FM Rainbow Chennai was providing its broadcast support round the clock in a highly professional manner. Most of the Private Operators were off the air due to power supply failure and telecommunication problems. FM Rainbow Chennai continuously updating the public with latest information round the clock without break.
Some emotional moments happened during the broadcast:
AIR Chennai received a call from Smt. Savithri, Principal of a school for Visually Challenged persons located at Gemini Circle, Chennai seeking food packets for the starving 300 inmates. Immediately we made an appeal to the public over broadcast. Within an hour 6 people rushed to the school and provided food packets. Later in the evening, the Principal thanked AIR Chennai for its timely help provided.
At Velachery, nearly 300 people were stuck in Apartments without power supply, drinking water and food for 2 days without any help. On listening to our programme, one of the residents called and expressed their pathetic condition. Within an hour, many Volunteers rushed to the Spot with food packets and drinking water for 300 people. It was really a great moment for AIR Chennai.
Another SOS Call received from SRM University, Kattankulathur Students Hostel stating that 25 students are surrounded by flood waters. They were stranded without any help for hours together. This situation was highlighted in our broadcast and within 45 minutes, a Youth Group from a nearby area rushed to the Hostel and rescued all of them. The Students thanked AIR, Chennai for its quick response.
On listening to our broadcast, Shri Pattabhi rushed to Tambaram and provided clothes for nearly 50 people.
Smt. Seetha, a resident of Triplicane rushed to Parrys Corner and provided food to over hundred people who were all starving due to unavailability of food.
Shri. Imayavaramban from Santhome personally visited our station to inform people that he is ready to provide food packets, bed sheets, milk, biscuits, etc. to the needy people.
Shri. Prakash from Velachery provided 100 food packets to the affected persons after listening to our broadcast.
People from Tambaram area supplied food to people of North Chennai after a distress call was made through our station.
Mrs. S. P. Ganga, a resident of Veppampattu provided water packet to more than 100 people affected by rains.
Food packets for more than 200 people were provided to the affected persons by Mr. Chandru from Chitlapakkam, after listening to our programme.
The role of AIR FM Rainbow Chennai was very well appreciated by many Facebook and Twitter users. Private Tamil Satellite Channel Thanthi TV in its telecast repeatedly announced the role of AIR Chennai in setting up helpline numbers and serving the public. Our sincere efforts to help the affected persons were well appreciated in an article published in Mail Today Newspaper.
In fact, AIR started broadcasting Monsoon preparedness programmes, the possibilities and prevention of water borne diseases well before the onset of monsoon. Frequent weather updates from Regional Meteorological Department were broadcast at regular intervals to inform the public.
Though the campus of AIR Chennai itself is heavily flooded, Programme staff of AIR Chennai have dedicated themselves to reach out to the needy and set to extend their service in the days to come till such time the city emerges out of the disaster and gets back to normal.― Friendsofprasarbharathi