These photographs show the devastating impact of heavy rains in Chennai

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The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been battered by heavy rains since the last one week, resulting in over 70 deaths and flooding. Its capital Chennai has also been badly hit by torrential downpour, resulting in low-lying areas being submerged and residents stranded without electricity or water.

The intense showers were caused by the formation of a trough of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted that as this depression moves northwards, the showers will persist for three days, but will get reduced.. The neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh has also been lashed by heavy rains. Read more…

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When it Rains: the Week in Review (May 17)

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Wading through the best Storify stories from a week soaked in political scandal.

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Sat, May 18 2013 00:37:52

You think you’re glad the week’s over? It couldn’t end fast enough for the Obama administration. Amidst increased volume about Benghazi and a scandal involving the IRS, it was discovered the Department of Justice targeted phone lines of journalists at the Associated Press.

PBS MediaShift covered the AP documents, media reactions and more:

By Thursday, the president faced an absolute downpour of criticism and questioning made a statement — in the rain, of course.
The resulting photo of an armed service guard holding an umbrella dripped with political symbolism. A reporter from the National Journal captured the moment and media snark perfectly here:
Not to be outdone, Toronto woke up to some big headlines of its own when it was reported that video evidence exists of mayor Rob Fort smoking crack cocaine:

The scandal shook Toronto more than some Friday morning earthquakes in the area and caused quite a stir on the web.
Elsewhere this week, a tremendous amount of reaction and remembrance followed David Beckham’s announcement he was retiring. The LA Galaxy put together a great story in tribute: 
And have you noticed any changes to Storify lately? Our feature set is expanding, highlighted this week by some new tracking and customization options in Storify Business:
Enjoy your weekend, everyone. And as always, thanks for sharing your stories!


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