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In November 2015, the Southern Indian state of Chennai was battered by heavy rain, leading to one of the worst floods in the region in years.

More than 400 people lost their lives and around 1.8 million people were displaced.

Despite SGS employees from the offices and laboratories in Chennai suffering their own devastating losses and their work buildings temporarily closed for business, the team took immediate steps to deploy its business continuity plan while also rallying to organize emergency supplies for those worst affected by the floods. The team created enough emergency supply bags (containing provisions such as rice, sugar, oil, soap, toothpaste, mosquito coils and tea packs) to help around 150 families, and they organized water supplies for more than 250 families who were without access to safe drinking water.

Neighboring facilities, such as the SGS Kolkata office and laboratory, also played an essential role, by donating close to 45 kilograms of flour, rice, and other food supplies, along with cartons of clothing, household items and other essential supplies. These emergency provisions were handed over to our NGO partner, ‘Goonj’, who ensured their safe distribution in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

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