Victims Recount Harrowing Experience of Chennai Flood

Vrishab Jain, an IT employee reached Shathinagar bus stand from Chennai after getting stuck in the flood for two days.

Published: 04th December 2015 04:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2015 05:08 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Vrishab Jain, an IT employee reached Shathinagar bus stand from Chennai on Thursday evening after getting stuck in the flood for two days. First thing he did was to recharge his phone and call his brother to inform that he has reached safely.

“I went to Chennai Airport on Tuesday morning to catch a flight to Bengaluru. However, after waiting for six hours at the airport, I came to know that all the flights have been cancelled as the runway was inundated. It took me a day to reach Koyambedu Bus Stand. Finally, from there I took a bus back to the city.”

The situation in Chennai is deteriorating by the day as the rains refuse to stop and the water level is increasing. The flooding of the Adyar and Cooum river has inundated most part of this city, throwing daily life into a tizzy.

Revathi Iyer, another passenger from Chennai who reached Shanthinagar in the evening on Thursday along with two of her kids, is worried about her husband who is still stuck in Chennai.

“The situation in Chennai is really bad. We planned to move to our relative’s house in Bengaluru till the situation improves. However, my husband got caught in his office at Karpagam Garden as the water level rose in that area alarmingly in a very short while. I made it to the bus stand with my children.”

Most of the passengers from Chennai who reached Bengaluru on Thursday evening said that many people are stranded at various places in Chennai as they have nowhere to go and even the transportation is hit badly. There is a serious electricity, food and drinking water shortage adding to the woes of the people who are stranded.

Revathi said that she got a message from her husband stating that he is safe and is trying to get to the bus stand at the earliest. But this message was sent in the morning and after that there has been no contact.

The rail and air traffic is badly hit, she added.


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