In an age of fear, where people’s cruelty seems at its zenith, the kindness of Mumbaikars and the unity they showed during the flood on 28th August is a breath of fresh air. The flood was the worst in Mumbai after the disastrous 26th July flood in 2005, but there was one silver lining amidst all the disaster. The flood may have paralysed the city at its roots, but it couldn’t hinder the spirit of the lively Mumbaikars. Times like these, when help comes from unexpected sources and religion or petty rivalries are overpowered by the sheer goodness of humanity, are what restore my faith in the human race even as the newspaper overflows with news of a religious leader getting away with rape and sadistic “games” like the blue-whale challenge.
“A friend in need is a friend indeed”, but what about a complete stranger? Even as the entire city was filling up with water, people opened their homes to their fellow Mumbaikars who needed help. Social media was buzzing with tweets with specific hashtags (#RainHosts), inviting people to stay at their place if stranded in their area. Businesses opened their doors to everyone, offering everything from shelter to food, and of course, lots of love.
Religion took a backseat for kindness and compassion as Mosques, Gurdwaras and Temples welcomed everyone with open arms with no regard to their religion. The navy stepped in to ensure that the stranded didn’t go hungry. A lot of people, disregarding their own safety and comfort, volunteered with cars or bikes or whatever they had, to rescue the people on the streets.
Mumbai was faced with a huge challenge on 28thAugust, and it would have been a major disaster if not for the spirited citizens of the city, who proved that even a disaster can be turned into a beautiful message about unity in diversity. A city always ready to celebrate the festival of any religion, be it Christmas, Diwali or Ramzan, with the same fervour, Mumbaikars proved to the world that it’s possible for people of any community to unite in the time of need under the one bracket of HUMANITY.
Here are some of the Tweets on the day of the flood:
Stuck in Mumbai? We are offering free shelter at select hotels, call us on 9313931393 & we’ll guide you to the nearest shelter #MumbaiRains
— OYO (@oyorooms) August 29, 2017
@Mirchimumbai is opening doors to anyone in the Lower Parel area, we have tea, maggi and love waiting for those in need. #RainHosts pic.twitter.com/bbtruOinXU
— Mirchi Mumbai (@Mirchimumbai) August 29, 2017
Anyone stranded near bhandup/nahur will be welcomed for rest and food. Feel free to DM. #RainHosts #MumbaiRains
— Shwet 🔴🤙🏽 (@BossThaKlopp) August 29, 2017
Anyone around Mulund looking for a space to rest is welcomed. Netflix, Prime, Hotstar & Snacks. #RainHosts
— Shahrlock (@deepen_shah) August 29, 2017
Can I just say, you’re all wonderful people!