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TN: Heavy rainfall expected across southern India; CM Stalin inspects damages caused by the flood in Kanyakumari

The weather officials in Chennai have said many parts of the city and its suburbs are expected to get a fresh spell of heavy to very heavy rain from the 17th and 18th of this month.

A bulletin issued by the MET Department says, the Low-Pressure Area that took form yesterday in South Andaman Sea has moved to the North Andaman area. Meanwhile, heavy to very heavy rain is expected today at a few places in the western and northern interior districts today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Kanyakumari district has got a reprieve from the heavy downpour that battered it for the past few days. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin is inspecting the damages caused by the flood.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin is inspecting some of the worst affected places in the southern district of Kanyakumari. He has promised that once the extent of the damages is assessed, a report seeking assistance for compensation and relief activities will be sent to the Centre.

Meanwhile, about 40,000 cusecs of water is being let off from the Stanley Reservoir at Mettur, and therefore flood alert has been issued for those living by the banks of the River Cauvery downstream including in the Delta region.

The MET department says the state has got 54 percent more rain so far this month as compared to the long-term average. No district has reported a deficit in rainfall this time. Kanyakumari has got 115 percent more rain while Chennai got pounded by 69 percent in excess.

However, the state capital is heaving a sigh of relief for the past two days. MET officials have asked the fishermen not to venture into the sea in the Gulf of Mannar today and the Arabian Sea for two days from tomorrow.

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