According to Reuters, incessant rainfall in India's fourth most-populous city has cut off more than three million people from basic services and disrupted power supplies, with the authorities under fire for slow relief and rescue operations.
. Residents wade through floodwaters on a major highway in Chennai on Dec. 3.
. Resdients stand on the top of buildings as they wait for food and relief supplies on Dec. 2. The Adyar River is in the foreground. The flooding has killed at least 269 people, according to media reports.
Weeks of torrential rains have left tens of thousands of people stranded in their homes, government officials said Wednesday.
More than 40,000 people have been rescued in recent days after record rains lashed the coastal city in southern India.
. A woman wades through floodwaters.
. A man carries a dog as he wades through a flooded street on Dec. 2.
. People travel on a boat through floodwaters on Dec. 2.
. Residents relocate to safer ground.
The airport has been closed since Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The Airport Authority of India said the Chennai airport is likely to remain closed until Sunday.
The state government cut power to several parts of Chennai as a safety measure to prevent electrocutions. Most deaths in the last month of rains have been due to drowning, electrocution and wall collapses, according to The Associated Press.
. Residents wade through a flooded road at night on Dec. 3.
. A man wades through floodwaters on Dec. 1.