Amidst all the rescue efforts in rain-hit Chennai, many actors from the Tamil Nadu film fraternity have come forward to pitch in and do their bit to help victims.
Many of them have been extensively using social media like Facebook and Twitter, to spread information about stranded people while others personally drove around the city helping locals and providing food packets to the needy.
Actor Siddharth and RJ Balaji besides driving around the city on Wednesday, also assembled a group of volunteers and have started the hashtag #ChennaiMicro to make it easier for their team to respond.
Meanwhile, Chennai's very own 'thailavar' Rajinikanth has donated Rs 10 lakh to the chief ministerâ€™s public relief fund while Suriya and his brother Karthi have given Rs 25 lakh.
Vishal has donated Rs 10 lakh while Dhanush has also donated Rs 5 lakh. Both the actors are also extensively spreading information via Twitter.
Even the Telugu industry chipped in with Tollywood heroes like Junior NTR pledging Rs 10 lakh while his brother Kalyanram, has announced a contribution of Rs 5 lakh.
Mahesh Babu donated Rs 10 lakh for the relief while Ravi Teja donated Rs 5 lakh and Varun Tej donated Rs 3 lakh.
Allu Arjun announced that he would donate Rs 25 lakh.
Kamal Haasan in an interview is reported to have said, "To describe the situation as calamitous would be an understatement. If this can happen in Chennai can you imagine the plight of the rest of Tamil Nadu? It's a nightmare for the poor and the middle class. The rich should feel guilty. I am not so rich and yet I feel guilty when I look outside my window and see how people in my city are suffering."
Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook an aerial survey of the water logged city on Thursday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the death toll in Tamil Nadu so far has reached 269.
Bathrooms submerged. Water coming out of the drains. I am an affluent actor. This is my house. Imagine rest of TN. pic.twitter.com/tjU2O2vESwâ€” Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 1, 2015
Big fm office opposite palmgrove hotel. Send all relief supplies here. This is base camp for #chennaimicro Blankets water paai priority.â€” Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 3, 2015
BIG FM Address: 152 Azam arcade kodambakkam high road , Nugambakkam chennai - 34. LM: Opp indiabulls. Doors open to any contribution.â€” RJ Balaji (@RJ_Balaji) December 3, 2015
If you have food made (at least 100 parcels) around Alwarpet Mylapore Royapettah Nungambakkam call 9884292678 we ll pick it up from youâ€” Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 3, 2015
Chennai is surviving because of several people. Volunteering on roads diverting traffic from potholes, people accommodating friendsâ€” Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 3, 2015
I m stuck at hydbd.My heart bleeds for my fellow citizens.I m deeply moved by the humane in humans at this time pic.twitter.com/jVSOD8JYjcâ€” Vivekh actor (@Actor_Vivek) December 2, 2015
Food at #Pattinapakkam wl b ready by 7pm..humbly rqst the volunteers 2 gt it picked up..mny r without food..pls look in2 the neglected areasâ€” khushbusundar (@khushsundar) December 3, 2015
Sun..hope it stays the same..visited Harrington Rd kuppam..ignored area..distributed food to all..their blessings is my wealth..â€” khushbusundar (@khushsundar) December 3, 2015
I cme 2 chennai wid nthng..2dy I gve bck all tat I cn in my capacity..nthng wl suffice I knw..my heart bleeds 2 my city breaking like dis..â€” khushbusundar (@khushsundar) December 3, 2015