With Chennai stumbled upon heavy rain for more than a week, flood in the city affected many areas and leaving the people, helpless and having no place for medication, accommodation and lack of food facilities.
But kudos to those Startups, which raised their hands to bring solution to this problem and help the flood-affected victims. Let’s discuss, how are they helping the people of Chennai.
An International Transportation Company, Uber started the campaign #KeepChennaiMoving and also offered free rides to water logged city on 2nd December and 3rd December.
8. Ola for Chennai Flood
Apart from providing Chennai with Ola-boats earlier, Ola has now created “Ola- Safety- Zone’s” to provide free accommodation to flood affected victims.
One of popular self-drive car rental startup, ZoomCar has served the flood areas like an ambulance by helping people with free pick up and drop services to hospitals. ZoomCar founder Greg Moran says, “Ten SUVs have helped many reach their local hospital. We’re getting calls every 10 minutes.” Checkout their Helpline no. 044-42052772.
A recognized online Food-ordering startup app, Zomato has launched a scheme where anyone can order a meal for the flood-stranded people in Chennai. For every meal bought Zomato will also donate a meal to the victims. They’ve tied up with local NGOs to deliver the Food in 30 mins.
Practo, a healthcare platform, has complied the list of doctors and hospitals with their contact details.
A startup for house services like electrician, plumbing, beauty, fitness, house cleaning, etc., HouseJoy has offered free services like electrical check-up, free plumbing service, mosquito control for houses in flood affected areas.
India’s one of the leading e-commerce website is allowing users to instant recharge the mobile for their loved ones with Rs. 30 for free, they’ve launched a toll free number 18001030033 for Chennai residents and for few outsiders too.
StayZilla, an online market-place that provide hotel stays, is encouraging people to open up their home for flood victims. They have also started a helpline number 096860811/07899739748.
Online grocery store, BigBasket has created a micro-site Namma Chennai Relief, where people can donate groceries online as a part of relief material. Founder Hari Menon said that this microsite is open for 5 days and it has tied up with Chennai-based NGO Give Away to deliver goods every 2 days.