August 12, 2015 / 3:55 AM / 2 years ago

Rupee falls to lowest since 2013 crisis on yuan devaluation

A customer counts money before paying to a vegetable vendor at a market in Mumbai, June 4, 2015.Shailesh Andrade/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The rupee dropped sharply on Wednesday to touch its weakest level against the dollar since 2013, as China's move to devalue the yuan sparked fears of a global currency war.

The partially convertible rupee weakened to as much as 64.66 per dollar shortly after trading opened, its weakest level since September 2013, when the country was in the midst of its worst currency turmoil since the 1991 balance of payment crisis.

The rupee was trading at 64.65/66 per dollar by 09:07 a.m., weaker than its 64.19/20 close on Tuesday.

Reporting by Swati Bhat; Editing by Rafael Nam

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