WITH HIS anxious parents waiting for his safe return, a 24-year-old city student reached home on Friday afternoon after wading through floodwaters in Chennai and travelling for two days.
P D Randhawa, a 24-year-old marine engineering student who studies in Chennai, had to leave the campus two days ago along with 18 students after the floodwaters entered the campus, and the institute shut down. The hostel mess was running out of provisions and water.
“They put all their belongings on their heads and came out somehow,” said his father M S Randhawa, a Merchant Navy engineer. “Outside, they were fortunate to find a bus which took them to the Chennai railway station.”
But there they found the situation was no better. “The trains were not running as the tracks were under water,” said the father. For 48 hours, the parents had lost contact with the son.
The students looked around for alternative transport and found a private tempo traveller driver, who agreed to take them to Bengaluru.
“All that my son was thinking was that he should get to a place from where he could catch a flight,” said the Merchant Navy engineer.
“The driver charged Rs 2,000 from each student. From Bengaluru my son took a flight and reached here this afternoon,” said the relieved father.