Troubled times bring us closer. Battling with never ending rains, Chennai has now been struck by more severe rains creating floods in the southern city. Since yesterday, Twitter has been flashing the severity of the rains and how ordinary citizens armed with social media are pouring out with help for the needy ones.
Check the below tweets and your belief in humanity would be stronger. A trend we have seen growing with every epidemic that India has been struck with in recent times.
If you can organise food packets in chennai please contact me. We will have it picked up and delivered. Batches of 50-100 packets. #TNflood
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) December 2, 2015
— TheNewsMinute (@thenewsminute) December 2, 2015
The city that is witnessing the heaviest downpour in over 100 years is now facing a grave situation. Issues have been piling over, the Army has been deployed in two suburban areas to undertake rescue on war footing. Due to heavy water logging Chennai airport has been shut down and daily life has been badly hit. A quick look at #ChennaiFloods will tell you the sad story of the state:
Meanwhile seeing the growing concern of people being affected badly, brands like Zomato, Airtel, PayTM, and others have come forward to provide a helping hand.
BSNL and Airtel
Mobile operators BSNL and Airtel have come forward to help the citizens by providing free talk time and data packs, among other services for their subscribers. Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday announced that state-owned telecommunication company BSNL will not charge its customers in Chennai for one week starting today.
Airtel has also announced that it will provide free talk time with a credit balance of 10 minutes for Airtel-to-Airtel calling and 50MB mobile data to its customers in flood-hit Chennai.
Online recharge company Paytm has also announced a service that will allow people to recharge a friend’s phone for free. Residents can call on a designated number (18001030033) and share the mobile number that they want to get topped-up. Rs.30 recharge will instantly be facilitated free of cost.
Zomato and Practo
Restaurant discovery and food ordering company Zomato jumped into relief efforts with “Meal for flood relief” campaign. According to the campaign for every meal you buy at Zomato, the company will buy the same for flood victims. So go order and feed someone hungry in Chennai.
On the other hand health app Practo has put together a list of verified doctors & hospitals available to help. The list is being updated every hour.
The messaging app that gets things done through a simple message has partnered with Bhumi, India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisation. Several volunteers are working towards this humanitarian cause by collecting clothes as well as other materials from residents living in different areas of Chennai. Besides you can also list your house as a shelter for the needy. Check the tweet below to know how to list your accommodation.
Ola, Uber and Zoomcar
Ola, the cab booking service via app has been aggressively using social media to provide a helping hand during these troubled times. Mid last month, Ola created buzz with its branded boats ferrying citizens to safe areas in Chennai.
Right now it has created safety zones in the city which are equipped with food and medical supplies for the needy.
Meanwhile Zoomcar and Uber Chennai are also doing their bit:
Airlines company Indigo’s President Aditya Ghosh, earlier in the day tweeted that the company will waive cancellation charges and change fees for customers affected by cancellations due to Chennai floods.
If you want to help people affected by Chennai Rains then here is a list of ways curated by Buzzfeed. For more updates you can follow #ChennaiRainsHelp, curated by Twitter and also have a look at the crowdsourced list of people offering to help with shelter.
Do your bit in helping Chennai.