Chennai Rain News Live: Red Alert Issued till Nov 11; Toll Rises to 5

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021/Tamilnadu-

At least five people have died in rain-related incidents across the state, while 538 huts and four houses have been damaged, KKSSR Ramachandran, State Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, said Tuesday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a red alert in Tamil Nadu for the next three days, till Thursday (November 11). In its latest bulletin issued at noon on Tuesday, the IMD predicted “light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy falls at isolated places” in the state.

The weather body has predicted rains until Thursday (November 11) due to the formation of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal. The system is likely to intensify into a depression and move west-northwestwards by November 11. IMD has said the rains could lead to flooding of roads, inundation and water logging in low-lying areas; low visibility; disruption of traffic; damage to vulnerable structures; localised landslides/mudslides; and damage to crops.

Due to the forecast, the state government has asked schools and colleges to remain closed on Tuesday in 23 districts, including Chennai.