After Cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu, Kerala to be hit by heavy rains again

After Cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu, Kerala to be hit by heavy rains again

Less than a week after the landfall of Cyclone Nivar, the southern part of India will once again experience heavy rainfall this week due to a depression forming over the Bay of Bengal.

A depression has formed over the Bay of Bengal on Monday and it is likely to intensify further into a deep depression and bring widespread rainfall over Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and south coastal Andhra Pradesh from December 1, the India Meteorological Department said.

"A depression has formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal," the department tweeted and in a subsequent post on the pre-cyclone watch for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coasts said it is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next 12 hours.

"It is very likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next 24 hours. It is also likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross the Sri Lanka coast around the evening of December 2," the IMD said.

"It is very likely to move nearly westwards thereafter and emerge into the Comorin area on December 3 morning,” the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said.

Last week, a "very severe cyclonic storm" Nivar had hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. About 2.5 lakh people were housed in cyclone shelters in the state as part of safety measures.

The IMD has issued a red-color coded warning for the southern areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in view of the brewing storm and said that these areas are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Scattered to widespread rainfall activity has already been forecast over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe, Lakshadweep, south coastal Andhra Pradesh, and south Rayalaseema from December 1 to 3.