Flight services resume in flood-hit southern India after a week



    Flight services resume in flood-hit southern India after a week

    Dec 7, Chennai: Flight services have resumed in the flood-hit southern Indian city of Chennai after a week since heavy rains flooded the airport and damaged key equipment

    Some flights, including an Air India service to Port Blair, took off on Sunday. But the airport resumed full operations for both domestic and international flights on Monday, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

    A massive relief operation is continuing to get food and medicines to tens of thousands of people. Many residents are still living in shelters.

    Key services like power supply and the railways are also functioning as flood waters have receded in some areas.

    An Airports Authority of India (AAI) statement said, "The availability of Chennai airport for all-weather day and night operations for all flights for which domestic and international terminals will be available from 6am [local time] of 7 December.".

    The heaviest rains in Chennai in 100 years are being blamed on climate change and many in Chennai said that the city needs to prepare better to face extreme weather patterns, BBC news reported. At least 280 people are now known to have died in floods in Tamil Nadu state since last month.

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