700 people left stranded after Chennai airport was shut down due to rain

700 people left stranded after Chennai airport was shut down due to rain

CHENNAI: The rains in Chennai have virtually broken a 100-year record with one day's rainfall covering a month's average.

After two days of heavy and continuous downpour, many parts of Chennai and its suburbs are flooded. Flight operations have been indefinitely suspended at the airport, trains have been cancelled.

Flights to and out of Chennai have been cancelled and the airport is shut till 6 am tomorrow with water on the runway as the city battles heavy rain of the kind not seen in almost a 100 years. No flights have taken off from or landed in Chennai since 8:30 pm on Tuesday.

19 trains have also been cancelled, with water flooding rail tracks.

It rained incessantly since Monday into early Wednesday morning and though it has stopped for now, the Met office says heavy rain is expected to continue for a week.

"Only if rain recedes, can we resume work. Runway is not flooded, but there is water. We don't consider operations at the moment safe. The under carriage (of aircraft) are almost touching water level, hence they cannot operate the flights. This kind of situation is likely to continue," he said.

About 700 people are stranded at the Chennai airport. Food and water is being provided to those stranded.

Airlines made early morning announcements on Wednesday to inform people that flights continue to be cancelled.

Many parts of Chennai and its suburbs too are flooded, with people wading in waist-deep water in some places.

The Army, the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force are out in Chennai to rescue people from their flooded homes.

(Agencies)

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