Heavy rains kill at least 34 people in Sri Lanka and southern India – .

Heavy rains kill at least 34 people in Sri Lanka and southern India – .

In Sri Lanka, 20 people have died in recent days, most by drowning, while five have been injured in landslides, officials said on Wednesday.

“Given the prevalence of Covid-19, the government has encouraged more than a thousand families to move in with relatives to reduce pressure on government-run centers,” said Sudantha Ranasinghe, head of the Management Center disasters in Sri Lanka.

In Tamil Nadu, at least 14 people have died after heavy rains caused severe flooding over the weekend, the state’s disaster management department said Thursday. Authorities previously said five people died in the flooding.

More than 1,300 homes were damaged statewide, the department said. The state capital, Chennai, and its surroundings suffered power outages, he added. More than 100,000 acres of crops were also damaged in the region, the department said.

Further heavy rains are expected in Tamil Nadu and the southern coast of neighboring Andhra Pradesh state, as a low pressure system over the Bay of Bengal moves towards the region, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.
The department has issued a red alert in parts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, asking fishermen not to venture out to sea.

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

Chief State Minister MK Stalin said on Twitter that he had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release funds from the National Disaster Relief Fund, adding that the previously allocated money was exhausted.


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