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Losses Top $2.2 Billion as Chennai Seeks Support on Twitter

  • Record rainfall, floods cause `total chaos,' trade body says
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Heaviest Rains in a Century Shut Down Chennai

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As the flood-ravaged Indian city of Chennai got some respite from torrential rains, a trade body said losses to businesses from the record downpour could reach more than 150 billion rupees ($2.2 billion).

Water released from overflowing lakes and reservoirs wreaked havoc across a vast swathe of the metropolis of 9 million and surrounding areas, with the monsoon season’s death toll climbing to 269. As authorities struggled to deal with the disaster, activists, film stars and executives started campaigns on social media including Twitter and Facebook for rescue and relief. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India termed the situation as “total chaos.”