October 27, 2016

Race to rescue chennai flood victims in India

A massive rescue operation is under way to reach stranded people in the flood-hit southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras).

More than 2,000 people have been rescued by the army, while the navy has decided to deploy a warship carrying divers, boats and relief material.

The city’s airport will remain closed until Sunday and train services are suspended.

A depression in the Bay of Bengal has triggered rains in coastal areas.

Last month, non-stop rain for nearly a week brought the city to a standstill.

Three days of fresh rains have again led to massive flooding, inundating homes, hospitals, roads, railway tracks and the city’s airport.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted that he was “leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods”.

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