An online global crowd funding campaign for raising funds for the Tamil Nadu flood victims - 'Share for Chennai,' has seen major support from Paris residents.
Dozens of Parisians have shared photos to promote the campaign that asks supporters to donate the money that they spend on their one time meal to the flood victims in Chennai.
Social media users have posted images with captions like 'Pray for Chennai' while posing besides the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Many climate change activists participating in demonstrations at the United nations conference on climate change (COP21) also have shared images from Paris lending their support to the crowd funding campaigning.
Chennai, which is India's fourth largest city witnessed its worst rainfall in 100 years. While Indian Meteorological Department have blamed exceptionally strong El Niño, along with a rare "coincidence of various factors" for the heavy rains, which led to the floods, according to a newspaper report the lack of an an effective storm water drainage system is a major factor.
The heavy rains in the Chennai killed at least 300 people and displaced 1.8 million residents. The rain related damages are estimated at more than Rs 20,000 crore.
The Wall Street Journal reported on 7 December that the Chennai airport had resumed its services, five days after its airstrip got buried under seven feet of water.
The train services also have resumed since Sunday after heavy flooding forced the railway authorities to suspend the services. According to The Hindustan Times, even as the flood waters have receded in many areas, the aerial survey showed that around 40% of Chennai was still water-logged.
Chennai floods a stark reminder but Paris climate summit going nowhere. Saving planet is not something to fight over https://t.co/Btx3cpryv5
— Aroon Purie (@aroonpurie) December 7, 2015