Rescuers try to evacuate a man stranded in the floods by an over-flowing Adyar River in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (AP Photo)
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Floods that have killed 210 people in southern India began to recede Thursday, giving rescue teams a chance to evacuate thousands of residents stranded by the heaviest cloudburst in the city of Chennai in over a century.Floods and incessant rainfall cut off more than three million people from basic services and hampered rescue efforts by the army, which has so far evacuated 18,000 people from rooftops and outlying villages. In a 24-hour burst -- the strongest in more than a century -- 345 mm (14 inches) fell on parts of Chennai.Army officials in New Delhi said there were cases of residents turning their wrath on rescue teams, accusing them of failing to help.
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