Rain creates havoc in three southern states
Bengaluru/Chennai/Hyderabad: Heavy rain lashed out three southern states, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Nine people including four children killed in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu after a house collapsed due to heavy rain.
Several parts of Tirupati submerged and houses have collapsed due to continuous rain. Rain has damaged several parts of Karnataka.
Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the families of those who died in the house collapse incident.
Rain has drastically increased in Anantapur and Kadaba districts, schools and colleges in both districts have been closed for two days.
The depression over the Bay of Bengal crossed the coast between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh early this morning, the India Meteorological Department or IMD said and announced that rainfall will gradually weaken for the next 24 hours.
The weather office forecasted that heavy rain in Tamil Nadu and heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on Friday.
Neighbouring Puducherry stood flooded after it saw rainfall of 19 cm. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry together received 69 per cent more rainfall than the average. Tirupati has received 18 cm of rainfall, several houses have collapsed.
In Karnataka, the heavy rainfall forecast has been made for Bengaluru Rural, Bangalore Urban, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Kolar, Mandya, Ramnagara and Chickballapura districts.
Meanwhile, rain-lashed many parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai and its neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpet, prompting the authorities to announce holidays for schools, even as it was the case with many other districts as well.