South India is experiencing a severe spell of rain due to a depression in the Bay of Bengal which is heading towards Gulf of Mannar. Rains in Chennai have stopped, the delta region has been the worst hit where 16 people have died and now there is a danger of thousands of acres of paddy being destroyed. Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts received up to 30 centimetres of rain. In Trichy four people lost their lives after a building next to their house collapsed on their roof. Chennai recieved just 9 cms of rain but that was enough to cause water logging. In many pockets people had to wade through ankle deep water and it was a nightmare for motorists. A landslip on the railway tracks near Dindigul temporarily stopped rail traffic and delayed Chennai-bound trains by several hours. The state government also declared a holiday for schools across the state. The met office has ruled out possibility of a cyclone though there is more rain to look forward to. "There will be a wind speed of 40 to 60 kms and wide spread rains across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry." Paddy farmers are shattered as over 1lakh acres of samba crop remain submerged just before harvest. Losses could mount if the rain lashing continues. Bangalore also woke up to heavy rain. Rain is not unknown in December to Bangalore but the UNUSUALLY LOW MAXIMUM temperature has Bangaloreans wrapped up. The city is experiencing a maximum temperature of 22 degrees celsius against the normal 26 degrees. The minimum temperature however, is two degrees above normal for this time of year at 18 degrees.
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