Bengaluru/Chennai, Dec 5: While upping its ante in Chennai, the US-based taxi-hailing company Uber on Saturday, Dec 5, launched a noble initiative of collecting donations for the victims of Chennai floods, from Bengalureans.
#KeepChennaiMoving was trending on the micro-blogging site Twitter, all throughout the day.
In a statement, Uber stated:
"We've seen Chennai come together to #KeepChennaiMoving these past few days and we want to do our bit to help. Today, through the uberAID option in the app, between 9 am - 1 pm - you will be able to request a car to come to your door and collect supplies that you wish to donate.
We have partnered with Practo to seamlessly connect your donations and deliver them to Chennai - where help is needed the most. Bangalore, let's help to #KeepChennaiMoving."
Here are some tweets that show the humongous response by Bengalureans to provide aid to their neigbouring state:
Any relief drop off point near Jayadeva, bannerghatta road? #BangaloreForChennai— vineath (@vineathk) December 5, 2015
Overwhelmed by how Bangalore has stepped up to help Chennai.Milk is sold out in stores from Malleshwaram to Hulimavu #BangaloreForChennai— Deepti Govind (@ReutersDeepti) December 5, 2015
Thank you for your responses, food and other supplies are being collected and distributed to different parts of the city. #KeepChennaiMoving— Uber Chennai (@Uber_Chennai) December 3, 2015
On Tuesday, Nov 17, taxi operator Ola had deployed boats along with professional rowers to rescue people in the waterlogged areas to safer places. [Chennai rains: Ola provides boat services in water-logged areas]
So far, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and armed forces have rescued more than 28,000 people and the personnel were now more engaged in relief work as need for rescue efforts has come down.