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Monsoon Storms Kill Dozens In India

Sun., June 16, 1996

A cyclone and monsoon rainstorm that battered southern India for three days, killing at least 85 people and leaving hundreds homeless, headed Saturday toward neighboring Bangladesh.

As the storm moved north, warnings were issued for the Bangladeshi ports of Chittagong and Khulna and the Bay of Bengal resort town of Cox’s Bazar. Officials in India warned that another cyclone was developing.

Packing winds of up to 60 mph, the storm destroyed nearly 450 homes in India’s Andhra Pradesh state and damaged large tracts of farmland.

At least 36 people died in Andhra Pradesh state. Worst hit was Madanpally, 1,250 miles southeast of New Delhi, where 23 people died Friday and Saturday. Most of them drowned in a swollen stream or from water gushing out of an irrigation tank that burst, said H.S. Brahma, the state relief commissioner.

Seven others in Andhra Pradesh were killed by lightning and one was electrocuted by a downed power line.

At least 35 fishermen were missing off the southeastern coast and feared drowned in the choppy seas, said the newspaper.

Another cyclone was expected to hit the area in the next 24 hours, Brahma said.

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