Record rainfall triggers flash floods in southern India

Heavy rains killed at least 15 people in southern India and caused widespread flooding in Hyderabad, home to plenty of IT companies and startups.

A wall collapsed in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Telangana due to heavy rainfall.

Hyderabad had received more than 25 cm of rainfall over the past 24 hours, a government official said, while floodwater inundated main roads and caused widespread chaos.

Authorities in Hyderabad declared a holiday on Wednesday and Thursday and asked residents to stay indoors.

Torrential rain also battered the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh.

The rains have damaged rice paddies and other crops such as corn, cotton, and pulses, traders said, but they said it was too early to assess the full extent of crop losses.