November 16, 2015 4:50 AM EST

Torrential rain in the south of India has caused flooding that has killed dozens over the past three days, with possibly more than 70 dead so far.

The city of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu was hardest hit, with several districts submerged on Monday and at least 59 deaths, the Press Trust of India reported.

Indian news channel CNN-IBN placed the death toll higher at 71.

Government and educational institutions remained closed on Monday and rail services were severely disrupted, with the Indian Meteorological Department warning that heavy rains would continue in Tamil Nadu as well as its neighboring states Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

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