Chennai, Dec 8: Tollywood actor Siddharth claimed that many reports on the current situation of massive flood-hit Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu have been exaggerated.
Siddharth, who has been at the forefront of relief work at an individual and volunteer level, visited rain-hit Cuddalore district and requested people not to spread rumours.
The Tollywood actor urged all people to act like a 'concerned', rather than act dramatic.
Cuddalore, a coastal town, was one of worst affected places due to the heavy downpour in Tamil Nadu over the last few weeks.
Writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, Siddharth tweeted, "We went to 15 villages. Many of these were described as drowning, starving, and unserviced on social media."
"Not true. Do not comment on Cuddalore from outside. There are places that are struggling. Do not confuse relief work. Be concerned. Not dramatic," he added.
He further added that Cuddalore needs help, not panic.
"Send bedding, blankets, and mosquito coil. Send smaller trucks that can go on kuchha roads and identify groups that are addressing the hard-to-reach hamlets. Prioritize small villages away from main road and do not use relief labels or banners on trucks as they will be attacked," he wrote.
He also requested volunteers to seek police help."
We are personally handling over 20 trucks to Cuddalore. Breaking them up into small loads. Targeting worst affected first. Rest assured.— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 8, 2015
Posting details of villages that need supplies in #Cuddalore. Will also pass on storing locations to send supplies to volunteers there.— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 8, 2015
I said cuddalore needs help. It's just not the disaster zone people are making it out to be. We have an (cont) https://t.co/iW5PJSdid0— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 8, 2015
Back from Cuddalore. Learnings. 1.Send bedding and blankets, Mosquito (cont) https://t.co/7mQob9UAsk— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 8, 2015
Food is not the priority. Water is receding. Life is returning to normal. Donate bedsheets, candles, insect repellent, water. #chennaimicro— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 6, 2015
Please form your own teams collect items and head to relief areas yourself if possible. We are already operating at full capacity. Do it!— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 6, 2015
(With agency inputs)