Storms in Southeast India Leave 59 Dead

From Reuters

Storms lashing southeast India have killed at least 59 people and flooded vast areas of the port city of Madras, the Press Trust of India news agency said Wednesday.

The news agency said that more than 300,000 people had been made homeless by heavy monsoon rains since Sunday, and telecommunications links with Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, have been cut and road and rail traffic badly disrupted.

No cargo has been handled at Madras port, India's third largest, for three days, the agency said. Most roads into the city of 4.5 million people are impassable.

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