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Indian Monsoon Rains, Lightning Storms Kill Over 200


Indian officials say lightning strikes and torrential rains have killed at least 11 more people, raising the death toll to more than 200 since the monsoon season began last month.

Officials said Tuesday the victims died over the past 24 hours in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. At least 76 people have died in that state since May.

The seasonal rains moved in earlier than expected, submerging roads and damaging buildings. Thousands of people are sheltering in makeshift camps.

The monsoon rains usually last from June to September. They are a key factor in India's agricultural economy and account for about 80 percent of the country's annual rainfall.
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