Chennai floods: Abhishek Bachchan stranded in city

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan was stranded in flooded city of Chennai which has been witnessing heavy downpour since the last month. However, the actor is “safe and dry” and has shared the news of his safety on his Twitter handle, much to the relief of his fans.

The incessant rain in the city has wrecked havoc in the city rendering several people homeless and disrupting communication.

Stuck in the city with all flights cancelled, Abhishek took to the micro-blogging site on Wednesday and posted, “Thank you all for the concern. Am safe and dry. Thoughts and prayers with the people more severely affected. #ChennaiFloods.”

Abhishek was in Chennai as a part of his association with Indian Super League franchise Chennaiyin Football Club which he co-owns along with Asian Paints owner Vita Dani.

The torrential rains and consequent flooding in Chennai have brought airport operations to a standstill since 8 PM Tuesday when the level of water on the taxiways rose to about two feet. The airfield was closed initially for a period of three hours, which was subsequently extended up to 6 AM on Wednesday morning.

However, the situation has deteriorated severely, leading to submerging of entire operational area in approximately seven feet of water. All incoming flights were diverted to other airports, except one international flight which was cleared due medical priority.

Thirty-four aircraft are stranded at the airport and all international and domestic flights to and from Chennai have been cancelled. Chennai Aerodrome has been closed up to 12 noon of December 6.

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted even more heavy rain in the region for next four days. "Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds may make the situation worse in Chennai," an IMD statement said.