The past few days have been pretty rough and disturbing for the people in Chennai. Following the heavy rainfall, the city has come to a standstill due to power outage and water-logging throughout the city. Also Read - Happy Dusshera 2021 messages, images, stickers, quotes: How to create, send Happy Vijayadashami greetings via WhatsAppAlso Read - WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted backups launched for iOS, Android: How to enable
According to the Met department, heavy rainfall is expected to continue for at least four more days. While Army and Navy have been called into the city for rescue operations, tech companies are doing their part to help the stranded people. Also Read - Facebook's FB Gaming Press Start virtual event announced: First ever event for gamers in India
Facebook has now activated its Safety Check Tool to allow the flood affected people in Chennai to mark themselves safe . On clicking Yes, let my friends know , the tool will send notifications to their Facebook friends. Users outside Chennai can also receive notification about safety of their friends. To mark yourself safe, you can click on the Facebook Safety Check tool here.
The feature debuted last year in October and has been deployed on multiple occasions. Facebook Safety tool was most recently activated after somewhat controversial Paris terrorist attacks and after bombing in Nigeria.
Google also has a dedicated crisis response tool for those affected in Chennai rains. The webpage includes information such as helpline numbers, real-time flood map, videos and tweets. Twitter users can help other by tweeting using the hashtag – #ChennaiRains or #ChennaiRainsHelp. And while Uber is offering free rides in Chennai till today, telecom companies such as Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance and BSNL are offering limited free calls and mobile data to prepaid and postpaid users.