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India's Chennai hit by rain and deadly flooding

  • 17 November 2015
  • From the section India
An Indian girl walks under an umbrella along a waterlogged street following heavy rain in Chennai on November 13, 2015. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Heavy rains have battered Chennai for more than a week

More than 70 people have been killed as incessant rains continue to batter the southern Indian city of Chennai, media reports say.

Most of the main streets are waterlogged, bringing the city to a standstill.

Many offices, schools and colleges have been shut due to rains in the past week.

The rains have also affected at least 80,000 people in northern parts of neighbouring Sri Lanka.

A depression formed in the Bay of Bengal has triggered rains in coastal areas of India's Tamil Nadu state and Sri Lanka.

Government officials said around 10,000 people had been evacuated from their homes in Chennai, the Reuters news agency said.

The National Disaster Response Force and the army are also helping in ongoing rescue work.

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha, has announced a 5bn-rupee ($75m; £49m) relief fund for flood-affected areas.

"The rain that was meant to be spread out over the monsoon months has poured in just a few days," she said.

"No precautionary measures would have managed to prevent water logging and damages. In areas where flooding and damage have been caused, relief, rescue and repair works are being taken up on a war footing," she added.

Images from Chennai show the difficulties people have been facing to access essential services.

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Image caption Most of the main streets are waterlogged, bringing the city to a standstill.
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Image caption Public transport services have also faced disruptions
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Image caption The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha, has announced a 5bn-rupee ($75m; £49m) relief fund for flood-affected areas.
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Image caption "The rain that was meant to be spread out over the monsoon months has poured in just a few days,"
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Image caption Government officials said around 10,000 people had been evacuated from their homes,
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Image caption Some subways have also been waterlogged
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Image caption And some just decided to swim through a flooded subway