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    50,000 Displaced in India From Heavy Rains

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    October 01, 2013, 7:08:40 AM EDT

    Several days of excessive rains in the Indian state of Gujarat have turned deadly.

    At least 13 people have been killed, according to the Associated Press. Earlier reports stated at least 50,000 people had been displaced by the flooding rainfall. Fortunately some of these people have been able to return to their homes as rainfall begins to shift northward.

    A slow-moving monsoonal low has led to an extended period of torrential rainfall across the state and locally heavy rainfall will continue to be a concern into Friday before diminishing over the weekend as the low moves northward. The greatest threat for flooding rainfall will be across northern parts of Gujarat during this time.


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    One of the hardest-hit areas is around Rajkot, where more than two feet of rain has fallen since Monday. Some rainfall will be possible in this area over the weekend, but a higher risk for rains will return early next week when the monsoon low shifts back southward. The low is expected to weaken before returning next week, but any additional rainfall could result in new flooding problems for the region.

    The rainfall led to the closure of many schools and universities while also bringing travel to a standstill due to road closures. Trains in and out of the region were also brought to a halt. Travel by road and rail is slowly being restored across the region.

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