Heavy rains in India's Andhra Pradesh 'kill 22'

A family crosses a lake to take shelter in a safer place as cyclone Nilam threatens to hit Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. A cyclone hit parts of Andhra Pradesh last week

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At least 22 people have been killed by heavy rains in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, say state media, days after a cyclone hit.

Forecasters say further "heavy to very heavy rains" are expected in several places for the next two days.

Normal life has been badly hit in at least six districts in coastal areas of the state.

Last week, Cyclone Nilam hit struck parts of Andhra Pradesh with winds of up to 100km/h (60mph).

The cyclone also hit neighbouring Tamil Nadu state killing more than 10 people, including crew members of an oil tanker which ran ground near Chennai (Madras).

Rain continued to lash Andhra Pradesh after the cyclone - 22 people have died in rain-related incidents in the past few days, state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said.

The districts of Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Khammam are among the worst hit by the flooding.

More than 1,500 houses have been damaged and thousands of people living in low-lying areas in the affected districts have been moved to 86 relief camps, officials said.

Rail and road traffic has also been hit as flood waters inundated railway tracks and highways.

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