Earliest Monsoon Rains in Century Kill 23 in India

Thousands moved to higher ground
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2008 3:59 AM CDT
A railway track is flooded as forlorn passengers wait, after diluvian rainfall in Mumbai, India.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Monsoon rains pelted India two weeks early for the first time in over a century yesterday, killing at least 23 people, AP reports. Villagers died in floods, landslides and building collapses. Rescuers helped at  least 50,000 people in one district in Assam from flooded areas to higher ground, and troops were standing by to help others.