Heavy Rains In India's Andhra Pradesh Kill 22 People

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At least 22 people have been killed by heavy rains in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, say state media, days after a cyclone hit.

Heavy rains in India

At least 22 people have been killed by heavy rains in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, say state media, days after a cyclone hit.

Forecasters say further "heavy to very heavy rains" are expected in several places for the next two days.

Normal life has been badly hit in at least six districts in coastal areas of the state.

Last week, Cyclone Nilam hit struck parts of Andhra Pradesh with winds of up to 100km/h (60mph).

The cyclone also hit the neighbouring Tamil Nadu state killing more than 10 people, including crew members of an oil tanker which ran ground near the coast of the capital, Chennai.

Rain continued to lash Andhra Pradesh after the cyclone - 22 people have died in rain-related incidents in the past few days, state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said.

The districts of Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Khammam districts are among the worst hit by the flooding.

More than 1,500 houses have been damaged and thousands of people living in low-lying areas in the affected districts have been moved to 86 relief camps, officials said.

Rail and road traffic also also been hit as flood waters inundated railway tracks and highways.