At least 23 dead as heavy rains lash southern India
At least 23 people have been killed and nearly 70,000 evacuated during floods in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said Monday, dpa reported.
Heavy rains brought by Cyclone Nilam last week inundated about 150 villages in eight coastal districts, disrupted road and rail traffic and damaged crops.
"Most of the deaths over the weekend were reported as people drowned in flood waters or died in house collapses," disaster management official Ratna Kumar said.
"Fifteen of the 23 deaths were reported from the worst-hit Prakasam, Khamam and East Godavari districts," he said by phone from state capital Hyderabad.
He said 67,870 people from the low-lying areas were moved to 170 relief camps set up by the state government. More than 1,200 houses were damaged in the rains that are expected to continue until Wednesday.
Eighteen people including five sailors from an oil tanker that ran aground off Chennai died in Tamil Nadu from the storm.