Heavy rain in India, Sri Lanka leaves 41 dead, authorities say
A flooded beach after heavy rainfall in Chennai, India, November 8, 2021. /Reuters

A flooded beach after heavy rainfall in Chennai, India, November 8, 2021. /Reuters

Heavy rain across southern India and Sri Lanka has killed at least 41 people, authorities said on Thursday, with weather forecasters expecting the downpour to ease in the next few days as stricken communities pumped out the deluge.

The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rain in most affected areas, with occasional flooding of some roads and low-lying areas.

Counterparts in neighboring Sri Lanka said rain there was expected to ease from Thursday as the low pressure that brought the bad weather moved away.

"The worst is over, and occasional rains will happen," said Pradeep John, an amateur forecaster who is widely followed in Tamil Nadu, India's worst-affected state.

"Today, rains will be on and off, with large breaks and nothing alarming."

The rain has killed 25 people on the island nation of Sri Lanka, most of whom drowned, while landslides injured five, officials said.

Sixteen people were killed in Tamil Nadu, state disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran told a news conference.

Many parts of the state capital Chennai, which is India's auto manufacturing center, were waterlogged, and government officials used pumps to drain some communities that had been stranded waist-deep.

Thousands of people in low-lying areas were moved to safety, officials said.

Many schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu remained closed while some train services were still suspended.

India's northeast monsoon usually runs from October to December, bringing heavy rain, particularly to the south.

Source(s): Reuters

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