Social media users have lambasted media for their lack of coverage of the flood situation in Chennai.
Despite the fact that Chennai has recorded its highest rainfall in 100 years, which so far has killed at least 190 people, the coverage especially in the national dailies has been minimal.
One such Facebook post discussing the lack of coverage of the Chennai floods in the newspapers in the country has gone viral. The post by Sujith Kumar, a resident of Chennai, has captured the anger of news readers in the country.
His Facebook post has been shared over 15,000 times on the last count.
Read his full post here:
Dear National News Channels, people keep writing open letters every now and then to you folks and you must be used to it now. I am from the city of Chennai - which is the capital city of Tamilnadu in India.
The moment I say Tamilnadu please don't mistake that Chennai is in Sri Lanka, it's very much part of our country about 300 km from Bangalore. Wanted to let you all know that it's been raining continously for the last 10 days and our local channels are mentioning that this rain is the highest recorded in 100 years.
Several people have lost their lives and water is only flowing upto to neck level and hence it's really not serious. I switched on the TV today only to find news about how Congress and BJP is accusing each other for the ED raids, last week was all about Aamir Khan and Intolerance, then about this great lady who is accused of murdering her daughter etc...each of these news are of utmost national importance and floods/loss of lives are not significant.
I have seen several times in the past when toll free numbers are set, relief materials collected by each of your channels etc but cannot see the word Chennai floods even in the breaking news section which in any case is breaking lot of news which are irrelevant. It's perfectly fine if you don't cover this news but for heaven sake don't call yourselves National News Channel by any means.
Several Twitter users also have expressed their anger. Popular MTV presenter Nikhil Chinapa put a tweet post expressing his anger against the coverage on Chennai floods.
— Nikhil Chinapa (@nikhilchinapa) December 2, 2015
Anai Komagan (Ak) @AnaiKomagan
Indian media, Indian journalism and newspapers on an all time low #ChennaiFloods! #ChennaiRains
Sristi Sinha @snazzedout
So many leading newspapers didn't write or cover anything about the #ChennaiFloods.
Why aren't people screaming or bitching now?#ChennaiRains
Kanksha Raina @SpoiledHobo
It's sad that leading newspapers didn't bother covering the horrendous #ChennaiFloods. Feeling hopfeul looking at brands coming for help
— Shilpa Kannan (@shilpakannan) December 2, 2015