In waterlogged Chennai, Ola sending boats to help people out

Ola now has boats ferrying people stuck in water-logged areas in Chennai.
Updated on Nov 17, 2015 06:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

It hasn’t stopped raining in Tamil Nadu for the last three days, thanks to the northeast monsoon. But with over 70 people dead and much of Chennai water-logged, the state hasn’t had it this bad in years.

On Sunday, somebody tweeted this as a joke:

Ola Cabs, though, took it really seriously. Ola now has boats ferrying people stuck in water-logged areas in Chennai.

Each boat will be manned by two rowers and can ferry anywhere between five to nine people in a single attempt, says a press release issued by the company. On board, passengers can also find umbrellas to stay dry.

“We are working closely with local stakeholders to help ferry those stranded in water-logged areas,” Ravi Teja, business head of Tamil Nadu at Ola, told Hindustan Times. “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.”

In case you’re wondering where an app-based taxi hailing service managed to get boats at such short notice from, Ola says that the vessels were provided bny the Chennai Sport Fishing Company.

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