Indian men make their way on a flooded street in Chennai on Nov. 9, 2015 following heavy rain from an approaching cyclonic system off the coast. AFP PHOTO
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Floods in south India and Sri Lanka have killed over 70 people – inundating homes, farmland and highways – forcing authorities to shut down schools and colleges in some areas, officials and media reports said Monday.The floods, triggered by incessant rains over the past seven days, have submerged parts of Tamil Nadu state, including its capital Chennai, where most of the deaths and devastation has taken place.In Sri Lanka, floods in the northern parts of the Indian Ocean island have affected 58,000 people.In Chennai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Villupuram districts, 23 to 37 cm (9 to 14 inches) of rain was recorded on a single day, much higher than the usual annual average.
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