Heavy rains lash many areas in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu disrupting normal life severely in the southern states. Kuzhithurai in Kanyakumari reportedly received highest amount of rainfall at 140 mm in just 24 hours on Sunday.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rains in the southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with the onset of the Northeast monsoon in the subcontinent.

 The weather body said in its bulletin that many parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal today. It also indicated that heavy downpour may be witnessed in parts of Maharashtra including Marathwada and isolated areas of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The southern states are expected to experience intensified Northeast monsoon activity as a low pressure area is developing over the Arabian Sea.

The low pressure area developing into a cyclonic circulation is reportedly hovering around East-Central Arabian Sea towards the north of Lakshadweep Islands and near the coasts of Karnataka and Goa.

Another low pressure area is taking shape over the southwest Bay of Bengal off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Heavy rainfall may continue for the next 24 hours. Many parts of in the Central India including Vidharba, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Kerala are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.

Heavy downpour forced officials to shut down the schools for a couple of days. District collector of Sivaganga, Coimbatore and Kanyakumari declared holidays for schools.

The officials are warning Fishermen in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala not to venture into high seas until a safe position is announced.

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