30 Bhutanese students stranded in Chennai flood

The heavy flood in Chennai, India over a last few weeks has destroyed road and rail links, shut down airports and rendered thousands of people homeless. Over 250 deaths have been caused by the flood so far.

There are more than 30 Bhutanese students studying in SRM University located at Ramapuram, Chennai. The students are stranded in the college campus, and without transportation system and ATM (Automated Teller Machine) facility, for more than two weeks.

With the exams postponed thrice due to the weather calamity, the exams initially scheduled on November 16 have now been scheduled in the next semester in January 2016.

An assistant lecturer, Jigme Namgyal Engineering College (JNEC), Jigme Tenzin, pursuing a master’s degree in engineering in SRM University said all Bhutanese students are safe and are being sheltered at an elevated campus in the university building with food and electricity supply.

“There is one month to do exam and we want to go home, but since the transportation is closed we are stuck here without market, transportation and not even ATM, and net service is also fluctuating.”

A lecturer of JNEC, Ngawang Namgyal, pursuing a master’s degree in engineering said, “The situation is really pathetic here, but it’s expected to be better soon and we might get to go home soon.” The students plan to leave for home as soon as the transportation system is up and running again.

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