Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in the morning that he was “leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods.”
At the Chennai airport, the main terminal is an island marooned by water. Aircraft, unable to take off since Monday evening, are docked. There is no visible runway. Officials say it could take at least two or three days before flights can start again.
There is a river where the main Ring Road used to be. Instead of cars and buses, it is boats that are ferrying people.
The water level has been rising steadily in parts of the city because of overflowing lakes and reservoirs.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament today that there had been 269 deaths since the floods began in Tamil Nadu last month.
The Met office has said the next 48 hours will be crucial and the rains will continue for a week.
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