Pallikal, who has been awarded multiple times by by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for her exploits on the squash court, was playing the Hong Kong Open when torrential rain wreaked havoc in the state capital.
"I saw the Chennai deluge from Hong Kong. It really pained me to see people suffering with the whole city becoming an island. I couldn't land in Chennai on my way back and was forced to take the flight to Mumbai last night. I will be back to Chennai as soon as I can," said the world number 16.
Badminton star Saina Nehwal too has donated Rs 2 lakh for the flood victims.

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