Chennai Effect: The Hindu not Published for First Time

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Chennai: Due to floods in Chennai, for the first time since 1878, one of India’s oldest newspapers The Hindu has not been printed.
The Hindu did not come out on Wednesday as workers could not access the press and this has happened first time in 137 years.

The paper’s publisher N Murali said that it was the first time this had happened. The continuous rains have affected trains and suspended flights and hundreds of people are without electricity.

The Maraimalainagar Township was not accessible for the people who run the plant. None of the staff could reach the plant, located about 30kms (18 miles) from the city in Maraimalainagar.

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Other newspapers like the Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, and the New Indian Express were printed. However, it is unclear if they had reached readers in the city.

The army has been deployed to rescue thousands of stranded people after two days of heavy rains. After flood waters entered the runway, flights from the Chennai’s airport have been indefinitely suspended.

On Wednesday, movement of railway traffic in Chennai was severely affected by the continuing downpour. Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha said that the safety of passengers is a matter of top priority for the government.