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 Schools, colleges shut in Tamil Nadu amid red alert on heavy rain 

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Schools and colleges will remain closed on Friday in several districts of Tamil Nadu due to heavy rainfall in the state.

With Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing an alert on heavy rain, a holiday has been declared today in all schools and colleges located in Tiruvallur, Sivaganga, Madurai, Kancheepuram, Dindigul and other districts.

“The Low-Pressure area over Southwest Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka coast with associated cyclonic circulation extending upto mid-tropospheric levels persists. It is likely to become more marked during the next 24 hours,” IMD said in a tweet.

The weather forecasting agency said that it is very likely to move north-westwards towards Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts till November 12 morning.

“Thereafter, it would move west-north-westwards across Tamil Nadu-Puducherry and Kerala during November 12 and 13,” it said.

The IMD said isolated extremely heavy rainfall is likely over north coastal Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal on November 11 and over north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal on November 12.

Fishermen have also been advised not to venture into these areas during the same period.