Last Updated: Sunday, December 6, 2015

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At least 383 people have died in latest flooding in South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and the union territory of Puducherry.

As of Sunday morning, December 6, 2015, at least 300 people died in Tamil Nadu followed by 81 in Andhra Pradesh and two in Puducherry.

Chennai was hit by heaviest rainfall in a century. Chennai received 1,049 mm of rainfall in November, the highest since receiving 1,088 mm in November 1918.

According to Chief secretary K Gnanadesikan, at least 3,50,000 people have been rescued by multiple agencies which include army, police and the National Disaster Response Force. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs. 2 lakhs each from PMNRF (Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund) each for the next of kin of those who died in Tamil Nadu floods.

According to BBC, Railways and Chennai's main airport, which was flooded, resumed some operations on Saturday.

Experts have blamed climate change for the occurence of recent Chennai floods and many in Chennai say the city needs to prepare better to face extreme weather patterns. The current state of Chennai, the floods in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, the heat waves in Telangana, are all such events caused by these changes.

The 2005 Chennai floods killed more than 50 people. The floods occurred from November to December 2005.

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