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Heavy Rains in Parts of Tamil Nadu And Kerala; Flood Alert Issued

Commuters brave the water logged streets.

Commuters brave the water logged streets.

Rains had affected the voter turnout during the Assembly elections on Monday in some places in Chennai and South Tamil Nadu.

Chennai/ Thiruvananthapuram: After election and the oppressive summer heat, there is some respite for Tamil Nadu and Kerala as the two have been lashed by rains.

Chennai has been experiencing the heaviest rainfall in May in the last five years, and the heaviest since the 2015 floods.

The Met Department has predicted light showers in Chennai over the next 48 hours.

Rains had affected the voter turnout during the Assembly elections on Monday in some places in Chennai and South Tamil Nadu.

Kerala, too, is witnessing heavy rains for the past two days with Ernakulam and some southern districts of the state receiving the maximum downpour.

According to the Met Department the rains are due to a low pressure formed in the Bay of Bengal. The Monsoon has not arrived in the state.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also issued an advisory to district collectors to take necessary precautions. Authorities have shifted several people in Alappuzha to safer places after sea water entered their houses.

first published:May 17, 2016, 13:49 IST