Here’s How Companies And Startups Are Pitching In To Help Mumbai Through Its Rains

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.

2. Treebo: Fellow hotel aggregator Treebo put out a tweet with locations of hotels where people could stop and rest.


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.

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4. Dooally: Craft beer company Doolally, which runs five outlets in Mumbai, opened its doors to stranded citizens, and offered them chai.

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.

Earlier in the day, Ola had been criticized for charging surge prices from customers as they struggled through the rain.

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.