Heaviest rain to shift to Southern India during this week - report
The tropical low pressure system will slowly move across Sri Lanka and southern India this week, leading to flooding and widespread travel delays, Accuweather reported today. Widespread flooding is ongoing across Sri Lanka with some areas already reporting more than 250 mm (10 inches) of rain, including the capital of Colombo where rainfall has surpassed 350 mm (13.90 inches). At least eight people were killed in flooding and mudslides, while tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes, according to The Japan Times. As the low drifts into southern India over the next few days, heavy rain will fall in Tamil Nadu and Kerala with occasional downpours reaching southern Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Due to the close proximity to land, AccuWeather meteorologists think that there is a minimal threat for this low to become a significant tropical cyclone. However, that will not diminish the flooding threat. On Tuesday, heavy rain will also fall in northern Kerala and far southern Karnataka. Rounds of rain will continue to fall into the middle of the week. Through Wednesday, widespread rainfall of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain is expected across the region. The heaviest rain will fall in northern and western Sri Lanka as well as along the southwestern coast of India and in southern and eastern portions of Tamil Nadu. These areas could see locally 300 mm (12 inches) of rain.