Ravichandran Ashwin had to endure not knowing the whereabouts of his parents while playing the fourth Test © AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin had to endure not knowing the whereabouts of his parents while playing the fourth Test © AFP

New Delhi: With rain wrecking havoc in his hometown Chennai and images of people scurrying for safe havens being aired round the clock, India’s ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday said that he was scared for his family and felt helpless when he couldn’t get in touch with them. “I felt very helpless. While I was here I couldn’t hear from my friends and parents back home for 48 hours. It was all quite scary to see on the TV. We were trying to reach people back home but the networks were all jammed,” he said. “What made me happy as a Chennaite was that the community really stood up and common man won at the end,” he added. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

With rainfall easing from Wednesday night in Chennai, there has been some relief for the marooned people. However, normal life continues to be affected in Chennai, its suburbs and nearby districts. Relief agencies are working round the clock as water has flooded people’s homes, roads and offices and people sheltered in relief camps and stranded on rooftops. Rainfall has decreased compared to Wednesday. Due to less rain, water level has come down in many areas. And relief workers have been fanning out to more and more flooded places. But overflowing lakes and breaches in embankments have resulted in people being forced out of their homes. Overflowing lakes in Mudichur, Vardarajpuram, West Tambaram, Manickam have led to flooding in those areas and movement of vehicles has come to a standstill. Thousands of homes and offices are deluged and normal life has been badly affected. READ: Ravichandran Ashwin establishes contact with parents amid Chennai flood after 24 hours