FB post helps techie rescue his wife from Chennai

FB post helps techie rescue his wife from Chennai

A Facebook post helped a techie from Mysuru bring his wife back from the flood-affected Chennai. The techie couple reached the City safely on Saturday.

Vinay Kumar works as an environmental engineer in Bengaluru while his wife Vishnu Priya is a mechanical engineer in Chennai. Following the deluge, Kumar had lost contact with his wife for over five days. He could not travel to Chennai as the buses and trains were cancelled. As a lost resort to contact his wife, Kumar posted a message on Facebook.

 “I posted a message on Facebook, explaining my wife’s situation, seeking for help. Priya is pregnant. Luckily, one Pradeep, who was planning to go Chennai, contacted me after reading my post and we both left in his car,” Kumar said.

 Vinay and Pradeep could reach only till Chennai Outer Ring Road, nearly 16 km away from Valachery, where Priya was residing. “We walked up to the house, but I could not find Priya there. Later, a few locals informed me that rescue teams had shifted the residents to a nearby shopping mall. The locals were very helpful,” said Vinay. Finally, he could meet Priya at Phoenix Shopping Mall.

  After Vinay posted Priya’s situation on FB, he received calls from various parts of the world such as the US and Malasiya, suggesting him ideas and asking for help for his wife. “Many callers asked about Priya’s health condition and doctors asked to contact them, in case of medical emergency,” said Vinay. Luckily, Priya is well.

‘Scary moment’

 “I could not believe the situation. It was the most scary moment in my life. Life was too difficult there. I could not move around as manholes were open and I feared that I may fall into one of them,” said Priya. She was taken to Phoenix Shopping Mall by her colleagues. Priya was staying at her ground floor house and the house was submerged due to flood water by Tuesday.

  Priya said, the rescue teams had made arrangements for food and drinking water. “I used to get food thrice a day and there was no problem for drinking water,” she added.

However, the price of essential commodities have skyrocketed. Vendors used to charge Rs 100 per can of water and a litre milk. The couple had no money to spend on anything, as the ATMs were not working. Even buses and auto rickshaws were charging double the fare. “We reached Bengaluru from Chennai by a private bus by paying almost double the fare,” said Kumar.  The couple want to return to Chennai for work. Priya said, she will return after flood recedes.

 DH News Service

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