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Chennai floods: Heavy rains bring Indian city to standstill


Heavy showers and thunderstorms have caused severe flooding in the southern Indian city of Chennai.


No deaths have been reported, but officials in the state of Tamil Nadu, of which Chennai is the capital, have issued warnings to evacuate people from low-lying areas.


Local media footage showed uprooted trees and cars submerged as water quickly rose to block roads.


This is the heaviest rainfall in the city since 2015.


Although the city is frequently hit with heavy rains this time of the year, experts say unchecked development and bad urban planning leads to the destruction and chaos. Climate change caused by global warming has also contributed to the problem, making extreme rainfall more likely and more frequent.

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