At least 25 people have died as a result of heavy rains in Sri Lanka and South India


Authorities say heavy rains on Sri Lanka’s coast and Tamil Nadu, India’s southernmost state, have killed at least 25 people, wrecked thousands of houses, and jammed transportation. Officials in Sri Lanka stated that 20 people had perished in recent days, most of them drowned, while five others were injured in landslides (Nov 10).
“Given the prevalence of Covid-19, the government has encouraged over a thousand families to live with relatives to relieve the load on government-run centres,” Sudantha Ranasinghe, the chairman of Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre, stated.
Sri Lanka’s meteorology service predicted that the low-pressure depression responsible for the rainfall would move into Tamil Nadu on Thursday evening.
In the state of Tamil Nadu, whose city Chennai is India’s automotive manufacturing hub, five people have already perished.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for sections of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, warning fishers not to go out to sea. According to Tamil Nadu officials, hundreds of people were evacuated from low-lying regions, and rations and food were handed to those already impacted by the rains.


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