MFA issues travel advisory on Chennai

People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road in Chennai, India on Dec 2.
People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road in Chennai, India on Dec 2.PHOTO: REUTERS

A total of 14 flights to and from Chennai, India, were cancelled yesterday, according to the Changi Airport website, after flooding forced the closure of the city's airport.

In a travel notice yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Singaporeans to postpone non-essential travel to Chennai.

Apart from the airport's closure, train and bus services were disrupted, it said. "Singaporeans already in Chennai are advised to stay indoors and take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety at all times," the notice said.

Singaporeans travelling to or living in the city are encouraged to register with the ministry at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg so they can be contacted in the event of an emergency.

Those who need help can call the duty officer at the Singapore Consulate-General in Chennai on +91- 98-4003-3136 or e-mail mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg.

They can contact the 24-hour MFA duty office on 6379-8800, 6379-8855 or mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg.

Pearl Lee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2015, with the headline 'MFA issues travel advisory on Chennai'. Print Edition | Subscribe