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Rain Updates: At Least 8 Dead Till Now in Tamil Nadu as Downpour Continues; Waterlogging in Various Chennai Pockets

A man covers his dog as he wades through a water-logged road during heavy rains in Chennai. (Reuters/P Ravikumar)

A man covers his dog as he wades through a water-logged road during heavy rains in Chennai. (Reuters/P Ravikumar)

Weather news today: The Chennai district collector has declared holiday for schools and colleges on Saturday in view of forecast of heavy rain; Bengaluru may see light showers.

Areas in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal may face heavy rainfall over the next three days, while Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema may witness showers on Sunday and Monday, the Indian Meteorological Department has said. The met department also said a low pressure area is likely to form over the south Andaman Sea on Monday.

The IMD said a cyclonic circulation lies over Comorin area and the adjoining Sri Lanka coasts, and strong northeasterly winds are prevailing over Tamil Nadu coast and south Coastal Andhra Pradesh at the lower levels. Under its influence, light to moderate fairly widespread, or widespread rainfall is expected over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, Kerala and Mahe, and Lakshadweep area, during the next four to five days. Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Rayalaseema is also likely during the same period, the IMD added.

Here are the latest updates on the rain situation:

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first published:November 27, 2021, 07:02 IST