The Internet Is All Praise For Frontline Workers In Flood-Hit Chennai

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A sanitation worker was photographed amid heavy rain in Chennai.

The Internet is all praise for a sanitation worker who was photographed hard at work in flood-hit Chennai. The woman sanitation worker was photographed on the job even as the city experienced heavy rainfall on Tuesday. In two photographs that have been widely shared on Twitter, she was seen on an almost-deserted road in the Royapettah neighbourhood of the Tamil Nadu capital. 

The Twitter user who shared the pictures online on Tuesday night said that he was heading home after work when he spotted the sanitation worker.

“Saw a sanitation worker women who’s been doing her work despite the heavy rain,” he wrote on the microblogging platform. “I know it’s their job but still working during these kind of times is really respectable and appreciable,” he added – a sentiment that many agreed with. 

The images have racked up over 3,300 ‘likes’ and a ton of appreciative comments on Twitter. They were also re-tweeted by the official Twitter account of the Greater Chennai Corporation.

“Hats off,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Kudos to her for what she is doing,” another said.

Chennai and suburbs in Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts have seen intermittent rain since Saturday morning. Today, arrivals at Chennai Airport have been suspended till 6 pm in view of severe rains.

In the midst of this, several instances of essential workers going the extra mile have emerged on social media. Footage of TP Chatram Police Station’s Inspector Rajeshwari carrying an unconscious man on her shoulders has been widely shared on Twitter. The inspector was filmed carrying the man to an autorickshaw in a bid to rush him to the hospital.

Chennai police personnel were also photographed carrying a woman to safety. The woman has been left stranded by the rain. She was brought safely to the house of her relatives by police and firefighters.

Heavy rains continue to lash Chennai and its nearby areas on Thursday morning, causing waterlogging in several parts of the city. The Chennai Corporation has deployed 570 electric pumps to remove floodwater.
 

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