Volunteers row boats to rescue people stranded in a residential area flooded due to heavy rainfall in Chennai, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
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Rains eased in the flood-hit city of Chennai in southern India on Friday, raising hopes that rescue efforts could pick up, after the death of 18 patients at a private hospital added to the official toll of 280 confirmed killed in the disaster.The commercial airport of Chennai will also be partly opened on Saturday after being shut for the past three days, which should help move workers and relief materials badly needed in the city of six million.Parts of the flat, coastal city remained under as much as eight feet (2.5 meters) of water for a fourth day.Many residents have spent days stranded on rooftops since more than 345 mm (14 inches) of rain fell over 24 hours on Dec. 1, the most since the British ruled the city in Tamil Nadu state, then known as Madras, 100 years ago.Rajarwadi, who sold vegetables by the roadside, managed to grab a packet of biscuits for her daughter. She hadn't seen any government officials helping people camped out on the busy flyover on Thursday even though it was in the middle of the city.
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