At least 25 dead from heavy rains in Sri Lanka and southern India

In Sri Lanka, 20 people have died in recent days, most from drowning, while five were injured in landslides, authorities said Wednesday.

“Given the prevalence of Covid-19, the government has encouraged more than a thousand families to move in with relatives to reduce tension in government-run centers,” said Sudantha Ranasinghe, director of the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center.
Chennai comes to a standstill as heavy rains flood the city

The low-pressure depression behind the rains is expected to move towards Tamil Nadu on Thursday night, the Sri Lankan meteorological office said. Five people have already died in the state, which is home to India’s auto manufacturing hub in its capital, Chennai.

India’s Meteorological Department issued a red alert in parts of Tamil Nadu and the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh, asking fishermen not to venture out to sea.

Tamil Nadu state officials evacuated hundreds of people from the low-lying areas and distributed rations and food to those already affected by the rains.

The state’s chief minister, MK Stalin, said on Twitter that he had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release funds from the National Disaster Relief Fund, adding that the money previously allocated had been used up.

Reference-www.cnn.com

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