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At least 55 die in monsoon flooding

October 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Torrential rains damaged thousands of homes and caused heavy flooding in southern India, killing at least 55 people and forcing thousands to flee to higher ground, an official and news reports said.

Monsoon flooding has also damaged roads and inundated rice crops spread over nearly 120 square miles in Andhra Pradesh state.

Fifteen deaths occurred in the state's worst-hit districts, Mahbubnagar and Kurnool, where more than 13 inches of rain fell over two days. In neighboring Karnataka state, three days of downpours have killed 40 people and damaged nearly 15,500 homes.

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