The Search for Loved Ones after September 11th Attacks in New York

The former director of trading risk at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in New York, Rao Chalasani led design strategy and developed global markets in that role. In September of 2001, a CNN interviewer spoke to Rao Chalasani about his missing sister.

In the days and weeks after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on September 11, loved ones searched for their family members and friends who were in the towers during the attacks. The cable news channel CNN set up a website for searching individuals to post pictures of those missing loved ones.

Sixteen days after the attacks, CNN featured Swarna Chalasani, a woman who worked at Fiduciary Trust on the 94th floor of Tower Two in the World Trade Center. Her brother described Swarna as a woman committed to her family, her friends, and her work. Only 33 years old, she excelled in her career and volunteered a great deal of personal time to Sakhi, an organization that serves South Asian women victimized by domestic violence.

The young woman’s brother offered prayers for all those who experienced loss on that terrible day. He expressed his deep regret that he was unable to communicate with his sister in those dark hours.