Chennai is deluged with torrential rain and its denizens are in distress. \u00a0The rainfall has broken a 100-year record with one day's downpour covering a month's average. Many areas in Chennai and Tamil Nadu have been affected due to overflowing of nearby lakes. To add to the woes, \u00a0the weather forecast \u00a0show that rains will continue for another 72 hrs.\r\n\r\nThe National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Army, Navy and IAF have all been put into action. Joining them, companies like Airtel and Vodafone have come forward taking social responsibility and have announced various measures which include talk time credits, free of cost credit and other communication and data services for customers. These companies are offering 50 MB to 100 MB of mobile data for communication. Twitter recorded over 500,000 related tweets in the past 24 hours with hashtags, #ChennaiRains, #ChennaiFloods and now #ChennaiRainsHelp as the focus turns to flood rescue and relief efforts.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/airtelindia\/status\/671977946681184260?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\n\r\nBut unnoticed by many, the startup community has also jumped in to provide aid to the affected citizens of Chennai and their innovative efforts are making a huge difference. Let\u2019s have a look at how these startups are helping the affected people in Chennai.\r\nPaytm\r\nPaytm is offering relief and assistance to the residents of flood-stricken Chennai. To facilitate connectivity, the company has provided a number, 18001030033, on which distressed residents can call and share their mobile numbers for talktime recharge.\r\n\r\nPaytm will provide a Rs 30 recharge instantly without charging for it. This has elicited a positive response from Chennai residents on social media. Inspired by the move, many Paytm users came across to help in their personal capacity by offering mobile recharges.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/Paytm\/status\/671973772468092928\/photo\/1\r\nPracto\r\nPracto has put together a list of verified doctors and hospitals that people can call and go to. The startup is regularly verifying and updating this list every hour, based on the crowd sourcing inputs they generate through this initiative.\r\n\r\nThe details are also being shared on Practo social channels like Facebook and Twitter and being sent via SMS and push notifications to Practo consumers as well.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/Practo\/status\/671948857618501632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\n\r\nThe Practo initiative is also been shared by Twitter India, Uber, Chennai Super Kings, PayTm, Ola, Shailendra Singh, Rohan Joshi, Vir Das and many more organisations and individuals who are doing their bit to help Chennai in this time of crisis.\r\nLookUp\r\nLookup has partnered up with youth volunteers and NGO Bhumi to facilitate doorstep pickup of \u00a0clothes and other materials to be donated to the flood victims using the chat app. The app can be downloaded from http:\/\/lookup.to\/download.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/immrigank\/status\/671929887599362048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\n\r\nThe app will enable chat with coordinators of NGO Bhumi. People can share what they want to donate and inform about their pick-up point.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\nOYO Rooms\r\nOYO rooms is offering OYO rooms at discounted prices to provide a safe stay for people stranded due to floods. OYO is providing about 15 OYO rooms at at flat INR 799 for single, double and triple sharing.\r\n\r\nMoreover, at more than 100 properties across the city, people can book rooms at flat INR 899.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/oyorooms\/status\/672050264640118784\r\n\r\nThe Chennai city team has been instructed to help the affected people to the \u00a0best of their capabilities\r\nOla\r\nOla was one of the first to volunteer assistance to the affected citizens of Chennai by deploying boats in water logged and partially submerged areas of Chennai.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/Olacabs\/status\/671678869368254465?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\n\r\nThe boats are manned by professional rowers and fishermen and also being used to provide food and drinking water, without any cost, in specific areas which are reportedly short of basic supplies.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/Olacabs\/status\/666608322028527616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\n\r\nIt is also providing rain gear to all rowers, which will help them ferry people without any hassles.\r\n\r\nMany employees and drivers of Ola are also coordinating with the fishermen on ground to enable smooth operations. Ola is now providing \u2018safety zones\u2019 to provide assistance and refuge in Satyanarayana Bhavan in Waltax Road, and Usharani marriage hall in Ambattur.\r\nZomato\r\nZomato has started with a meal relief delivery service. Under the scheme, the company will buy and deliver a meal for the flood victims for every meal a customer buys anywhere in India at zoma.to\/chennairelief.\r\n\r\nDeepinder Goyal tweeted that after the service was launched, 20,000 meals were bought by Zomato users for Chennai flood relief and with Zomato\u2019s contribution, 40,000 meals have been provided to people in Chennai.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/deepigoyal\/status\/671958480924753921?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\nUber\r\nUber has announced that all rides taken in Chennai would be free on 2nd and 3rd December.\r\n\r\nThe company has advised people to constantly keep trying to book its service through the app \u00a0considering high demand and busy network.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/Uber_Chennai\/status\/671910912010248192\/photo\/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\nBounty App\r\nBounty App is providing periodic updates on social networking sites to communicate important information. It had initially planned to make power-banks available to the affected people in Chennai but had to dump the idea due to logistics. \u00a0It has found another way to help people in distress by providing free emergency recharge. People can recharge by giving a missed call on a certain number. Till now the company has got around 1000 missed calls.\r\n\r\nBounty also has come forward by collaborating with an NGO to donate food, dry clothes & medicines. The company is still seeking suggestions through \u00a0#ChennaiRains, #ChennaiFloods to help the people in Chennai.\r\nSocialcops\r\nSocialcops is working with NGO Bhumi by providing better data, technology and efficiency in identifying the worst hit areas. This data will be displayed on a live map of Chennai \u2013 showcasing affected areas and problems there, the damage done and locating volunteers of Bhumi who can intervene.\r\nUrbanClap\r\nUrbanClap is providing pest control services at various locations to prevent an increase in the spread of diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/urbanclap\/status\/670533330371108864\r\nHousejoy\r\nHousejoy is offering electrical check-ups, plumbing services, refrigerator and washing machine check-ups, etc. for free. \u00a0The service is being offered through a 30-volunteer workforce in the worst affected areas of Madipakkam, Velachery, Pallikaranai, Medavakkam, Adyar, Kotturpuram and Valasaravakkam.\r\nFreshdesk\r\nFreshdesk is checking on the safety of their employees via their own internal software. The company is providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for all employees, and has made arrangements for employees who live close by to take shelter at the office.\r\n\r\nFreshdesk has also circulated the addresses of employees whose houses have not been badly affected and who have \u00a0power and food so that the affected employees can take shelter there.\r\nZoomcar\r\nZoomcar is providing free pick-up and drop facilities to the nearest hospitals.\r\n\r\nRequests can be tweeted to them, and accessed on their hotline at 044-42052772.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/ZoomCarIndia\/status\/671944445437149185?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\r\n\r\nBesides, if anybody wants to help the people affected by the rain and flood, they can donate articles like clothes, blankets, eatables at the AISC campus, where students are working with three NGOs to help those affected. Or call at helpline numbers to donate food.\r\n\r\nYou can also help flood survivors by tweeting #ChennaiRainsHelp\u00a0to offer or request shelter or aid.