Chennai has been facing acute rainfall since past few days, flooding the streets and leaving people immobile. In a bid to help transport citizens stranded due to water-logging in the city, Ola, the mobile app for personal transportation, today deployed boats in water-logged and partially submerged areas.
The company has teamed up with the Fire and Rescue Department of Tamil Nadu to gauge information about such areas and services will be available for the next three days, which might be extended if there is a nee. In a statement issued by the company, it said the boats also provide food and drinking water in specific areas that are reportedly short of basic supplies. All the services are free of cost.
Ravi Teja, Business Head of Tamil Nadu at Ola said, “Thousands of citizens have been stranded and are suffering due to heavy rains and water logging in Chennai. While we are addressing the increased demand for transportation in the city through the Ola app, we are working closely with local stakeholders to help ferry those stranded in water logged areas. Boats deployed by Ola will help ferry people to safer areas and in distribution of essential supplies like food and drinking water in affected areas.”
These boats are manned by professional rowers and fishermen and can ferry anywhere between five and nine people in a single attempt. The boats also stock umbrellas to help citizens guard themselves from rain.
India’s meteorological department expects heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu over the next couple of days, and heavy showers along the coast of the neighbouring states of Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.