Chennai, Nov 19 (PTI): The India Meteorological Also Read - COVID-19: Karnataka to Go Ahead With University Exams, Academic Activities, Says Deputy CM

Department (IMD) Monday said a low pressure area over the Also Read - Bengaluru COVID Cases: City Records 5,576 Fresh Infections in Its Biggest Single-day Spike, 10 PM-5 AM Corona Curfew to Start From Tonight

southeast Bay of Bengal could intensify into a depression in Also Read - Karnataka Records Nearly 8,000 Coronavirus Cases in Biggest Spike This Year, Bengaluru Worst Hit

the next 24 hours and bring heavy rainfall in the region.

The Regional Weather Office, meanwhile, advised

fishermen against venturing into the sea in the southwest Bay

of Bengal area on November 20 and 21.

The low pressure area on Sunday has moved westwards

and lay as a well-marked low pressure area over central parts

of south Bay of Bengal on Monday, a bulletin from IMD said.

“It is likely to move westwards and intensify

into a depression over southwest Bay of Bengal during the next

24 hours,” the bulletin said.

As a result, heavy rainfall is likely in most places

over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with heavy rain at a

few places with isolated very heavy rainfall on November 20,

it said.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over south

coastal Andhra Pradesh, south Rayalaseema, south interior

Karnataka and isolated heavy falls over Kerala has been

forecast.

Deputy Director General of Meteorology S

Balachandran told reporters here that fishermen have been

advised not to venture into the sea in southwest Bay of Bengal

and along the Tamil Nadu coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Several districts suffered damage as cyclone Gaja

crossed the Tamil Nadu coast last Friday between Nagapattinam

and nearby Vedaranyam. It left behind a trail of destruction,

uprooting 1.7 lakh trees and damaging 88,102 hectares of

agricultural land and also claimed 45 lives.

The cyclone had caused severe damage in the districts

of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur,

Pudukottai and Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in

neighbouring Puducherry.

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