Heavy rains leave dozens dead in India and Sri Lanka

Survivors brave the debris of a collapsed building during heavy rains in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Heavy rains in southern India and Sri Lanka have left at least 41 people dead, officials said. The heaviest rains hit southern Tamil Nadu state on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people. Seven people have died in two separate landslides in the southern state. The army was deployed to help with rescue operations. The state-run Tamil Nadu National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) posted a message on its official Twitter account urging people to “take shelter immediately,” because of a “fresh spell of rainfall expected to continue.” More than 170 people have been injured in the flooding.

#TamilNadu: NDRF teams continue search and rescue operations in Thoothukudi, Sivaganga and Nellore districts. The weather has started clearing up again. Heavy rains continue pic.twitter.com/KfglOuUjZv — NDRF (@NDRFIndia) June 29, 2016

An additional three people died in the island nation of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, while storms continued to lash the island. Authorities urged people to stay indoors in anticipation of future floods.

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