Wednesday, December 2, 2015

India - Planes Trapped In Rising Water At Chennai Airport.

India - Planes Trapped In Rising Water At Chennai Airport.(NDtv)

All flight operations at Chennai airport were suspended tonight as rains nearly shattered a 100-year-old record, disrupting everyday life in the Tamil Nadu capital. At least 300 to 400 people were stranded at the Chennai airport, local reports said.

Eleven foreign and nine domestic flights from the airport were put on hold as no landing or take-off was allowed till late in the evening until last reports. Officials said they might review the decision at midnight to take a call on resuming operations.

"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 Shashtri the Chennai Airport Director told NDTV.

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

Flights were earlier suspended till 11:30 pm at around 8 pm amid incessant showers that submerged many parts of the city. (See pictures) Read the full story here.

There was 1049.3 mm of rainfall in Chennai in November. Rain is expected to continue for the next four days, said the met office. Tamil Nadu has been lashed for the second time in three weeks by what is said to be the worst rain in nearly 100 years. Read more here.

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