Social networking giant Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature in Chennai. The website activated the feature early Thursday morning. The Safety Check feature allows people to mark themselves as “safe” from the floods.
Facebook’s Safety Check tool sends users in the affected area a note asking them if they’re safe. And when a user clicks “Yes, let my friends know,” the tool automatically notifies his/her Facebook friends.
Rain shows no sign of letting up in this deluged city and in several coastal parts of Tamil Nadu.
Chennai received 34.5cm rain in the past 24 hours. Met officials said the state hasn’t been lashed by such a downpour in 100 years.
Several road and and rail links are down, the airport is flooded and essential supplies and rations are running out. There have been complaints of patchy to poor mobile phone service making it even more difficult for people to get in touch with their near and dear ones.
With the water level consistently rising, many residents have taken refuge on their homes’ terraces. Along the banks of the Adyar river, flood waters have reached as high as the second floor of housing board colonies. The death toll has reached 251, as per latest reports.