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Ford, BMW, Renault India Units Halt Output as Rains Lash Chennai

  • Chennai neighborhoods inundated as record rains lash city
  • Weather bureau expects heavy showers for the next four days

Ford Motor Co., BMW AG and Renault SA were among manufacturers that halted production at their factories in India as monsoon rains lashed the southern city of Chennai, flooding many neighborhoods and disrupting public transport.

The U.S. carmaker said it closed its largest Indian plant Tuesday as employees were unable to reach work as many of the city’s low-lying areas were inundated. The German company also shut down its operations for the day, while a spokeswoman for Renault said the French automaker canceled two production shifts.