Mumbai’s annual monsoon floods are becoming depressingly predictable, but startups and companies have tried to use their resources to help the city’s beleaguered citizens. Several companies have stepped up, and offered free accommodation, food, and shelter as Mumbaikars battle the worst rains in over a decade.
1 Redbus: After severe rains lashed the city, streets were flooded, train services suspended, and people stranded in homes and offices. Last night, Redbus announced it was letting stranded Mumbaikars stay at its hotels for free, and provided a number where they could coordinate.
#Help for ppl stranded in #MumbaiRains
Call redBus Hotels on 08030970888, we’ll arrange free stay in the nearest hotel. RT to spread word.
— redBus (@redBus_in) August 29, 2017
2. Treebo: Fellow hotel aggregator Treebo put out a tweet with locations of hotels where people could stop and rest.
Fwd: Anyone stuck in Mumbai, call Ayush Goyal on 8130199119. @TreeboHotels across Mumbai available to halt and rest. pic.twitter.com/nvQl4NF6F9
— Shrutin Shetty (@shrutinshetty) August 29, 2017
3. Google: Google ran alerts on its search page, and provided useful information. People searching for “Mumbai rains” were shown a red SOS warning, as well as a map of the areas affected. Google also linked the official Mumbai police Twitter handle.
4. Dooally: Craft beer company Doolally, which runs five outlets in Mumbai, opened its doors to stranded citizens, and offered them chai.
Need a place to hang in Bandra, Khar, Andheri West, Colaba or Pedder Road? Head to @godoolally – doors are open, chai's on us. #MumbaiRains
— Mahesh Murthy (@maheshmurthy) August 29, 2017
5. Ola: Ola announced it was running its Shuttle services through the rain. The shuttles were running on five routes, and the company said that they were free for all citizens.
#Mumbai We're running free Shuttle services to get you safely to your destination from these locations https://t.co/sHfGSoNAl5 #MumbaiRains
— Ola (@Olacabs) August 29, 2017
Earlier in the day, Ola had been criticized for charging surge prices from customers as they struggled through the rain.
Can #Uber and #Ola stop encashing on people's misery. Such high surge prices. Being a little human won't harm. @Olacabs @Uber #MumbaiRains
— Ayush Agarwal (@ayush_agarwal93) August 29, 2017
Bhai, this is Ola surge on the micro right now from Elphinstone to Kings Circle. #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/bsy4ajB8qI
— Rohini Ramnathan (@rotalks) August 29, 2017
6. Mirror Now: Some companies even opened up their offices. Mirror Now said it would let people spend the night in their office if they were stranded in the area.
Mumbai, do you need a place to spend the night in Lower parel ( Kamala Mills). We will find room for you in our office. #MumbaiRains
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) August 29, 2017