Rain breaks 100-year-old record; air, bus and train services disrupted in Chennai
CHENNAI:Flights to and out of Chennai have been cancelled for the day and the airport is shut 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.About 4,000 people are stranded at the Chennai airport.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 over the next four days.“Unfortunately, the water level is still rising and there is no way to divert the water. The Adyar river is still overflowing. We are working round the clock,” Deepak Shastri, the Chennai Airport Director told that on Tuesday night.“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.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.