Widespread flooding across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has driven more than 200,000 folks from their houses, shut down factories and paralysed the airport in the state capital Chennai.
The floods, triggered by heavy rain over the past two weeks, swilled over the runway of the international airport in India’s fourth-biggest city, emergency officials said, with about 25 flights cancelled as of Wednesday morning.
Many parts of the state could see far more than 104 centimetres of rain in the next 48 hours, stated an official in the Indian Meteorological Department.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has ordered rescue teams and paramilitary forces to launch an comprehensive relief and rescue operation.
Lately back from the UN climate change conference in Paris, Mr Modi had earlier blamed its affects for the unseasonal rains and floods in the southern state.
But climate authorities say the seasonal northeast monsoon was responsible for the flooding in the six million-powerful city of Chennai, which like numerous other parts of India lacks an sufficient drainage system.
At least twice as much rain fell in the final 24 hours as the typical for the entire month of December, private weather forecaster Skymet said.
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