Mumbai, the Bollywood city has always been in a love-hate relationship with rains. Monsoon is considered as the much awaited and beautiful season of the year. Mumbai Monsoon is favourite of all. But sometimes, in years it takes a bad face, interrupting people’s lives and swamp the city in rain water. Reportedly, the second biggest episode of heavy and continuous downpour is witnessed by the city almost after a decade. Lastly, this disaster happened in 2005. The date is marked in the history 26th July 2005, when Mumbai was drowned in water. Many people lost their lives due to no medical facilities, some got injured, many of them got stuck in traffic jams and many small businesses were ruined because of excessive rain.
Our Religious paramounts have taken the first initiative to help the needy people. All the Gurudwaaras in Mumbai have volunteered to food and shelter to the heavy rain victims. A post with a message has been aired on Facebook and Twitter that mentions, “If you are stranded due to heavy rains kindly reach the nearest Gurudwaara. All Gurudwaaras in Mumbai are open to provide free food and shelter to those stuck due to heavy rains.” Even the Ganpati Pandals, Mosques, Restaurants and Indian Navy has come forward to offer free food to those stranded in flood. Many Churches like, St.Peter’s Church and St. Stansilaus School, bothe are located in Bandra have also opened their doors to provide the necessary help to the people. Many bollywood artists are also providing help to the flood victims. The very famous choreographer, Terence Lewis has opened up his dance studios in Khar and Andheri for anyone who is in need. “a dry safe place n hot chai” he added “we have security at both of these places.”
But this time unlike in 2005, when social media was not introduced in India, people had faced so many issues and they were not provided the necessary help as it was supposed to be. But now, Social Media has transformed itself into a handy tool and is spreading relief and awareness during this crucial situation. People are extending their hands through social media to the Mumbaikars who are struck in the rains. There are threads of Facebook Updates and hundred of tweets from the people who are offering help by giving their addresses in order to provide them shelter and home cooked food.