Nine more drown as India storm moves inland

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Nine more people drowned in flooding on the south-eastern coast of India as a slow-moving storm tracked inland.

The storm, with winds of up to 43 miles per hour, was triggered by a depression in the Bay of Bengal and crossed into the state of Andhra Pradesh yesterday, prompting the evacuation of 5,000 people from low-lying villages.

Rising water from the storm also washed away two cars in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, leaving six people missing.

The rains and the consequent flooding over the past week have claimed at least 90 lives in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, according to official estimates. Most deaths were caused by drowning, electrocution and houses collapsing.

On Thursday, authorities evacuated more than 50,000 people from Tamil Nadu after its capital, Madras, was flooded. AP