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It doesn’t rain; it pours. Nowhere is this truer than South India’s commercial capital of Chennai, which sits on a different monsoon pattern to most of the rest of the subcontinent, and is currently experiencing some of its worst flooding in decades. Of course, that follows several years of severe droughts. Aircraft on the airport’s apron sit partially submerged in water; rail lines are also flooded and, on its normally hectic streets, mopeds appear to have been transformed into jet skis. The weather will also hamper port operations and its burgeoning IT and automotive industries have almost completely shut down.

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