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India and Sri Lanka hit by extreme rainfalls, 41 killed

19:44, 11 November 2021
India and Sri Lanka hit by extreme rainfalls, 41 killed

Over 300 mm (12 inches) of water have fallen in some regions causing landslides and floods.


Southern India and the Island of Sri Lanka were severely hit by heavy rains which have taken the lives of 41 people so far.

Indian meteorologists suppose that the rains will get easier by the upcoming weekend with local flooding to affect the lowlands.

"The worst is over and occasional rains will happen. Today rains will be on and off, with large breaks and nothing alarming."

According to Minister for Disaster Management Sattur Ramachandran, 16 people have died in the state of Tamil Nadu. Thousands of citizens living in low-lying areas have been evacuated. Educational institutions have been closed, while the functioning of trains has been suspended.

Sri Lanka which shares a maritime border with India expects the rains to end in the days to come along with the low pressure that caused the natural disaster. A total of 25 victims have been recorded on the island, most of them drowned. Another five have been considerably injured in landslides.