The Indian Meteorological Department expects light to moderate rainfall in most affected areas, with occasional flooding of roads and flat areas in places.
“The worst is over and it will rain occasionally,” said Pradeep John, a widely followed amateur meteorologist in Tamil Nadu, India’s hardest-hit state.
“Today the rains will be intermittent, with large interruptions and nothing alarming.”
The rain, brought by low pressure, killed 20 people in the neighboring island nation of Sri Lanka, most of whom drowned, while landslides injured five, officials said Wednesday.
Five people were killed in Tamil Nadu.
Many parts of the state capital Chennai, which is India’s auto manufacturing hub, were flooded Thursday and government officials used pumps to drain water that had blocked some residents to their lives.
Heavy rains in southern India cause severe flooding, at least 15 dead
Thousands of people in low-lying areas have been safely displaced, officials said.
Many schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu remained closed while some train services were still suspended.
India’s northeast monsoon usually runs from October to December, bringing heavy rains, particularly in the south.
(Reporting of Sudarshan Varadhan in Chennai; Written by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel)