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Power supply restored as Chennai floodwaters recede

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Media captionAs Sanjoy Majumder reports, Chennai's airport is due to resume limited operations

Power has been restored in many parts of the southern Indian city of Chennai days after severe floods hit the city.

A massive relief operation is continuing to get food and medicines to tens of thousands people. Many residents are living in shelters after their homes were submerged.

Railways and Chennai's main airport, which has been flooded, are due to resume some operations on Saturday.

More than 260 people have died after the heaviest rainfall in a century.

The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports from Chennai (Madras) that many people, particularly in working class neighbourhoods, say they have suffered huge losses and want the government to offer them financial assistance to help rebuild their lives.

The rains, the heaviest in 100 years, are being blamed on climate change and many in Chennai say the city needs to prepare better to face extreme weather patterns, our correspondent says.

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Image caption Despite respite from rain, water levels were still high in places on Friday
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Image caption Operations continue to get food and medicine to thousands of people
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Image caption Reports say floodwaters are receding as relief operations continue

Floodwaters started receding on Friday from parts of Chennai, hours after it experienced a respite from rain.

More than 7,000 people have been rescued so far, but many are still stranded, reports say.

Thousands of houses are reportedly still under water with many people trapped inside them.

Troops have set up 25 shelters and community kitchens for the flood victims.

In pictures: Chennai flooding

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised $150m (£99m) to the flood-hit Tamil Nadu state.

A depression in the Bay of Bengal has triggered rains in coastal areas.

Last month, non-stop rain for nearly a week brought the city to a standstill.

Three days of fresh rains have again led to massive flooding, inundating homes, hospitals, roads, railway tracks and the city's airport. Forecasts of more showers remain in place.

A total of 269 people are now known to have died in floods in Tamil Nadu state since last month.

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Image caption More than 7,000 people have been rescued so far
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Image caption Troops have set up 25 shelters and community kitchens for the flood victims
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Image caption Although rains have ceased, flood warnings remain in place

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