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22 people killed after tropical storms hit southern India


Heavy rains triggered by a tropical storm have killed at least 22 people in the past four days in southern India, according to a government official.

T. Radha, a state relief commissioner, said the deaths were caused by drowning and house collapses in villages in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh state where the storm dumped 12 inches of rain over the weekend, the worst in the past 40 years.

The storm weakened after making a landfall in neighbouring Tamil Nadu state last Wednesday, but caused heavy rains in the region. Eight people died during the storm in Tamil Nadu.

Nearly 95,000 people have moved to state-run camps in three districts of Andhra Pradesh state, Mr Radha told The Associated Press on Monday.