The Chennai edition of one of India’s iconic newspapers, The Hindu, was not printed on Tuesday for the first time in 137 years due to floods in the city.
Reports say that it is the first time since 1878 that the Chennai edition of the newspaper wasn’t published due to workers being unable to reach the press.
Editor of the Hindu, Malini Parthasarathy announced the fact that there would be no Chennai edition in a tweet on Wednesday morning:
The Hindu, whose headquarters is in Chennai, is also published in 17 other cities.
“Our Maraimalainagar township was not accessible for the people who run the plant. So, none of our staff could reach the plant. It is located about 30kms (18 miles) from the city in Maraimalainagar,” the paper’s publisher N Murali told BBC .
But even if the paper had been printed it’s unlikely it might have reached most Chennai residents as there were limited means of distribution, Murali said.
Other major publications like the Deccan Chronicle, Times of India and the New Indian Express were printed, but it wasn’t confirmed if they had reached readers.