India – Tamil Nadu Floods Continue as Death Toll Rises

Heavy rain has continued to affect parts of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Last week, at least 27 deaths had been reported as a result of flooding in the state. As forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) last week, an area of depression situated in the Bay of Bengal has brought more heavy rainfall over the last 2 days. During a 24 hour period between 15 and 16 November, Chennai has seen 184 mm of rain, according to WMO figures.

The Press Trust of India report that at least 59 people have now died in flood-related incidents since last week in Tamil Nadu. Other sources claim the figure is over 70.

Sphere India, the coalition of humanitarian agencies in the country, said that, as of 14 November 2015, 32 of the deaths had occurred in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. According to their initial estimates, around 25,000 homes have suffered flood or rain damage in the district.

Sphere also report that around 250 slums had been inundated in Chennai, where the Government Administration and Municipal Corporation is providing food packets to affected community and also taking precautionary measures to prevent outbreak of malaria and any other water-borne diseases.

Teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed at several areas of the state for search and rescue operations.

High level warnings from IMD remain in place for Tamil Nadu, and also Rayalaseema, Puducherry and coastal Andhra Pradesh, where heavy to very heavy rainfall (up to 244 mm) is possible over the next 24 hours.

The severe weather system affecting southern parts of India is also causing heavy rain and flooding in Sri Lanka.

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