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    Heavy Rains in India's Tamil Nadu Leave 269 People Dead - Home Minister

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    Heavy rains and flooding that began last month in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have left 269 people dead, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the country’s parliament on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier media reports put the death toll caused by the heavy rains in Tamil Nadu at 190.

    Chennai International Airport in Tamil Nadu’s capital has been closed since Tuesday, and is expected to remain closed until December 6.

    An official statement from the Indian government on Thursday said that one C-130J and two C-17 aircraft had been dispatched to deliver estimated 4,000 stranded passengers to Delhi, according to NDTV channel.

    The weather department has forecast more rain until Sunday, warning that the next 48 hours could be critical.

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