Dec 2, 2015

Record rains flood south Indian state; more to come

Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
by
Sandhya Ravishankar
,
Reuters
People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road in Chennai, India, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER
People travel on a boat as they move to safer places through a flooded road in Chennai, India, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER

The heaviest rainfall in over a century caused massive flooding across the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, driving thousands from their homes, shutting auto factories and paralyzing the airport in the state capital Chennai. The national weather office predicted three more days of torrential downpours in the southern state of nearly 70 million people...Prime Minister Narendra Modi has blamed climate change for the rain, injecting urgency into the debate at global climate talks in Paris and highlighting the vulnerability of tropical nations like India to extreme weather.