#TheGoodness : Startups And Corporates Come Together To Provide Relief For #ChennaiRains

In the wake of major floods in Tamil Nadu, startups and corporates like Zomato, Practo, Zoomcar, Ola Cabs, Paytm and Airtel, etc have volunteered to provide relief activities in Chennai’s flood-stricken areas.

Chennai Rains
Chennai Rains

The first instance of relief activities in Chennai was from Ola Cabs last month—they were providing free ferry service in coordination with local fishermen and Fire and Rescue Department of Tamil Nadu. Ola is continuing with the service and is providing assistance to citizens and providing safety zones.


Paytm now lets you recharge your friend’s phone if they are stuck in Chennai through its app and it can be done for free.

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Zomato is offering help by letting its customers buy two meals for a people stuck in Chennai; Zomato will buy one additionally for the customer in Chennai. They have also asked citizens to join their relief efforts and help them get food to the affected areas. Zomato claims that they have already received 15,000 meal offers for people in Chennai, taking the total no of meals to over 30,000.


Healthcare startup Practo has put a list of verified doctors and hospitals who can help  citizens which is  being updated every hour, said the company.


Zoomcar will support people in need today through free pickup from home to the nearest hospital.


NOTE: Do check out http://chennairains.org/ for a comprehensive data on people offering shelter (Also : A Google maps layer that will help you avoid rain affected roads).

Startup Lookup that lets users have  a direct chat app with local stores, has partnered with Bhumi, a non-profit organisation. The users of Lookup can now donate right away from their doorstep after sharing the pick-up location on the app. The startup is also rewarding the ones who come forward, with a t-shirt.

Bharti Airtel has announced an auto credit of upto Rs 30 talk time, free of cost credit of 10 minutes of Airtel-to-Airtel calling and free of cost credit of 50MB mobile data for its prepaid customers. The company also said that its postpaid customers will get more time to make the payment and will experience uninterrupted services.