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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s national weather agency warned of heavy rainfall in the southern state of Tamil Nadu due to low pressure over the Arabian Sea on Monday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that heavy rainfall is also expected in the neighbouring states of Kerala, Karnataka, and the archipelago of Lakshadweep.

    In Tamil Nadu, 15 have people died after several houses collapsed due to heavy rainfall.  The incident happened in Mettupalayam in the Coimbatore District, close to the state of Kerala. Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring federally administered territory of Puducherry have announced the closure of schools and colleges due to heavy rainfall following warnings by IMD. Several universities have announced the postponement of ongoing exams.

    ​“…due to convergence of strong northeasterly winds, the ongoing heavy to very heavy rainfall activity over Tamil Nadu is very likely to continue during next 2 days", said a warning by IMD.
    In the southern city of Chennai, streets were waterlogged and rainwater entered several houses, as rains lashed the region for the past 24 hours.

    ​Chennai experienced unprecedented flooding in 2015 that killed almost 500 people and displaced about 1.8 million. The current spell of rains brought memories of the 2015 floods in the city and residents took to Twitter to express their fears. Recent rains in western India had earlier killed dozens, and displaced thousands. 


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