- At least 272 people died from the flood waters in Chennai.
- Chennai had record breaking rainfall with nearly 16 inches in just a 2 day period
- Some of the hardest hit places were the slum areas like Saidapet
Many people are inspired by news coverage to make an an impact. Recently, one of CNN's own returned to his homeland to try to make a difference after deadly flooding. This is his story. The opinions expressed in this article are solely that of the author.
(CNN)It's been a little more than two months since heavy rains flooded the southern Indian city of Chennai. Roads turned into rivers and thousands were trapped in the dark. In early December, the city could count nearly 16 inches of rain in just a two-day period, according to CNN weather. Between October and December, at least 272 people died in Chennai from one of the worst floods in over a century, according to the National Disaster Response Force.