NEW DELHI: The heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes and schools and offices shut.
While the downpour eased early Thursday, the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted more heavy rain in several parts of the state through the rest of the week.
Separately, news reports say flood waters released from a lake on the outskirts of state capital Chennai have inundated more neighborhoods.
An aerial view of Chennai shows low lying neighborhoods as well the city's airport almost completely submerged.
The Airport Authority of India says the airport is likely to be closed until Sunday.